With the end of term only weeks away, the Susliving Tech Mentors returned to Callan CBS for the last workshop with this group of Transition Year students. Since their first visit to the Susliving Demonstration Centre, the students have built their understanding and skills in sustainability while also improving the school environment in the process.
Biodiversity in the school has been a central theme of our workshops. We have guided the students through selecting and planting for biodiversity and today they continued this planting some fruit trees along the wall by the rear of the school. These will not only attract wildlife into the school but also provide fruit, be a source of pollen and nectar for bees, and add colour with their flowers at this time of year.
On the repurposing station, the students learned how to make a bird feeder table from reclaimed pallet timber. As well as being great hands-on experience of woodworking skills it also makes use of waste timber, and will attract birds into the school grounds.
Over the three workshops in the school we have demonstrated practical skills in sustainability, from growing food and planting trees to making benches and cloches, and tying in with the local community. The students have learned valuable new skills in the process and pave the way for the next year’s students to build on this.