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Working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, we aimed to inspire children to be the next generation of nature's custodians, giving them the tools and education to promote and support the natural environment.

Project Overview:

More than 800 school children from Pinner Park Primary School planted hedgerows, a micro-forest, fruit trees, and a wildflower meadow, with the aim of improving and raising awareness of biodiversity for the next generation.

The project is part of a wider biodiversity plan at Pinner Park Primary School. Every pupil was involved in planting either 150m of native hedgerow, a micro-forest, fruit trees, or a section of wildflower meadow.

The project was split into two key steams, a practical planting day known as the ‘Big Dig’ and an educational day with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The Big Dig:

Ground Control provided native trees, saplings, and hedgerows that were planted on-site to create food, homes, and shelter for nature. This included apple, pear, and plum fruit trees for a new orchard - all planted by our volunteers who completed the Big Dig alongside 800 pupils.

The 1,400 trees and plants were chosen to reflect the local soil conditions at the school and are designed to bring biodiversity net gain to the area. Among these are 22 native species of trees and shrubs suited to the heavy clay soil in the area, including Alder, Hazel, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Oak, Poplar, and Willow. The wildflower meadow is a native mix designed to attract pollinating insects.

The project also involved planting a Micro Forest and creating an outdoor classroom, which will allow pupils to have regular ‘hands-on’ experience with native species and learn about the importance of biodiversity.

Educating our Bumblebee Ambassadors:

Beyond the Big Dig, our teams completed the enabling works and seeding of a wildflower meadow and revisited Pinner Park Primary School to educate their 'Bumblebee Ambassadors' to inspire children to be the next generation of nature's custodians. 

Alongside the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the educational day offered hands-on education in the three newly created habitats. Experts explained why these habitats were chosen and what they do to support bumblebees. The three habitats included:

  • Early flowering fruit trees, providing food for early emerging queens
  • Wildflower meadows, providing summertime food for worker bees
  • Native species planters, providing year-round food for bumblebees

To continue the conversation, and to enable future learning, Ground Control donated the 'Bee The Change Garden', our silver-gilt-winning garden from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden collaborated with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to showcase the micro-actions that people and businesses can take in landscape design and management which will improve habitats for bumblebees. 

Bee the Change Garden at Pinner Park Primary School

Nick Waldron, Headteacher at Pinner Park Primary School said:

Teaching about sustainability and biodiversity is very much part of our curriculum so it is exciting for the children to have the opportunity to see this in action in the real world.  Planting a forest with Ground Control will be an experience they won’t forget and cement for them the importance of looking after nature and local wildlife in their own communities for the future.

Brian Smith, Group Business Development Director at Ground Control said:

The UK sits in the bottom 10% of all countries globally for biodiversity and this will not improve unless government, businesses, scientists, and not-for-profits work together to turn this looming crisis around.  Some of the impacts we’re seeing now include native wildlife species falling and invasive species continuing to rise, but in the future, this will become a much bigger problem around the ability to produce food and clean water.
“Working with the school children at Pinner Park Primary School is wonderful because it not only educates them about the importance of biodiversity, and it also empowers them to make positive changes in their own back garden and spaces through their lives.
Working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, we aimed to inspire children to be the next generation of nature's custodians, giving them the tools and education to promote and support the natural environment.

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