Alder trees have been planted at Golborne High School as part of an exciting project to create a thriving wetland on site.
The project is being brought to life thanks to GoaLCo, the Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership.
Alison Gormally, Head Teacher at Golborne High School, said: “It’s great to see the wetland developing. Our pupils are really passionate about this project, which will help them and future generations of young people understand more about biodiversity and sustainability.”
Pupils at the school were inspired to create a wetland after a trip to Three Sisters Recreation Area last year. Experts from leisure trust Inspiring healthy lifestyles, on behalf of Wigan Council, and national engineering company J. Murphy & Sons Limited have been on hand to help with its creation.
Pete Burt, Managing Director at Inspiring healthy lifestyles, said: “We are delighted to be part of this project, which will create a fantastic resource for pupils and the wider community to learn more about their local environment.”
Pete Nichols, environmental manager at Murphy, added: “It was fantastic to see the schoolchildren using the wetlands for the first time and it was clear how excited they were to get involved. We’re proud to support GoaLCo – a great group of people who are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and communities.”
It is hoped that interesting species such as the great crested newt will make their homes on site. There are also plans to install an educational outdoor classroom which will also act as a bird hide for visitors to use.
Cllr Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for resources, said: “What a wonderful example of organisations coming together to make a difference in their community – exactly what The Deal is all about. Well done to everyone involved in bringing the wetland to life.”