The Nature Reserve Restoration Project

After a restoration project initiated by the school’s Parent, Teachers' and Friends' Association (PTFA), Welwyn St Mary Primary School’s Nature Reserve was  officially opened  in July 2010.

Over a six-month period, volunteers had restored overgrown paths and clogged ponds and established new structures.  Within the Reserve, a 'log arena' was built using chippings and logs delivered by  Sherrardspark Woodwardens. A sensory garden includes zones tailored to each sense. An ‘insect hotel’ was built from pallets and redundant building materials, nesting boxes were attached to many trees, and the pond and boggy area were both restored. Together, all these, are intended to enrich the environment and enhance biodiversity.  Bruce Mitchell (one of the parents) undertook a survey of the trees. Adjacent to the Reserve, a new outdoor classroom was built with recycled materials. In 2011, a shed, flower meadow and hide were installed.

Gate Log arena Pond and birch Sensory Garden I Sensory Garden II Picnic Bench

Meadow Shed Cheque Barrows Hide

Bench hare Iron owl Bench owl