School’s garden grant bid

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Kesteven and Sleaford High School is bidding for £500 in grant funding from North Kesteven District Council to help increase the wildlife around the school.

SustainNK is offering up to £500 to local community group projects that benefit the environment.

The number of recorded sightings of hedgehogs has declined from 2003 by 37 per cent. Pollinating insects are also known to be in decline.

The school would like to carry out a survey of the hedgehog population around the school, while at the same time increasing the biodiversity of its environment, including pollinating insects, beetles and slugs as well as birds and mammals.

The staff and pupils need equipment such as bird and bat boxes and insect hotels. To carry out meaningful surveys they need hedgehog tunnels and camera traps, and to increase the number of invertebrates which are the food source of many species they need to increase the diversity of plant life in the grounds. The school has created a wildlife garden and conservation club too.

Other local projects bidding include Quarrington Pre-school looking for educational environmental materials, a recycling initiative by St George’s Academy, and Sleaford Gymnastics Club wants energy saving LED lighting.

Residents of the district must vote before midnight on July 31. Vote at: http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/sustainnk