School Grounds

Making a design and build process as inclusive as possible is hugely rewarding for all concerned.  Children can be part of a host of activities from designing and planning to digging, planting, sawing, drilling, daubing, weaving, platting and pruning! Equally tight budgets can lead to greater resourcefulness and creativity and above all more fun!

Outdoor classrooms
An outdoor shelter, be it an elaborate sedum roofed structure or a simple wattle and daub hazel den provides any school with a storytelling space, collective study area or quiet place for contemplation.
Natural products such as peeled chestnut poles and woven willow make a wonderfully effective shelter, green turf or sedum roo look amazing and provide opportunities for all kinds of invertebrate, animating the roof top space to boot. Bespoke outdoor classrooms can be built to suit any budget or space.

Edible playgrounds
Producing vegetables and fruit in the school grounds is a fabulous way to partially feed the school but also equip staff and pupils with the ability to provide for themselves. Bugs & Beasties can design growing spaces from new or used materials and support the school in drawing up suitable management plans and associated activities.

Wildlife wonderzones
Rather than encouraging ‘wildlife into a secluded space its possible to increase biodiversity across the whole of the school grounds. If however only a particular space is available then suitable features can be built into it. Hazel and willow sophisticated structures.

Hazel and willow sophisticated structures
Sourced from wood and wetland in the Welsh Marshes, woven hazel and willow provide a natural solution  to outdoor dens, classrooms, fencing, bowers, , and other features. Equally there are times where the process of willow and hazel work can be highly inclusive with children having a real opportunity to join in with creation as well as design.

Wildflower meadows
Nothing could be simpler than allowing part of the school playing field to grow. By adding some choice native plug plants such as oxeye daisies, knapweed and birdsfoot trefoil, a patch of bland green can become a thriving community of flora and fauna, providing a space to monitor, measure, observe and inspire. Bugs and Beasties can supply suitable plants the planting of which can be incorporated into group activities.