The Trust teamed up with Becky Calnan from Southwark Peace Garden to spend a day with students from Southwark Inclusive Learning Services making a practical contribution to the garden’s bat conservation project.
Presented with the raw materials, and a few instructions, the students had to quickly form partnerships and address how best to tackle the task in hand. Constructing the bat boxes pushed the students in the development of their problem solving skills whilst also expanding knowledge of construction and roles within industry. The students had to work quickly measuring wood, sawing it down to size and assembling all the components together before the end of the day. No bat can roost in a half made bat box, or so we’re told.
The teacher accompanying the students said that she had never seen the students so engaged and working together so well; the quality of the boxes made were certainly second to none. The students will return to the garden to set the bat boxes out which will remain as a contribution to the wellbeing of their community for years to come.
This project was made possible by the generous funding of the Shaping Southwark's Future initiative compromised of British Land, United St Saviours and the Trust plus Children in Need’s large grant programme.