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Students re-design outdoor space

Students at Ercall Wood Technology College have redesigned an outdoor space so it can be used for learning, recreation and wildlife.

14th August 2009

The project was funded by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Find Your Talent programme and was co-ordinated by MADE, the Midlands architectural centre, a charity which specialises in engaging people in design activities.

Students worked with chartered architect Alison Davies and creative professional Jeremy Davies to develop an under-used and isolated space, which was originally set as a wildlife garden.

They explored aspects of space and design via a series of site visits and practical classroom-based sessions, stretching their imaginations and aspirations to make better use of the space.

The space will be used for outdoor language lessons and students are also looking into installing cameras so the wildlife can be watched at night.

Subjects like science and art have also benefitted from using the space through analysis of water samples and photography and creating bird sculptures.

The next stage is for students to lead on funding bids, budgeting and project management.

Councillor Stephen Burrell, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The students have shown enterprise and initiative to make the best possible use of this space and given the area a new lease of life.

“I like the idea that curriculum subjects will be able to derive practical benefits from the project as well and this is just another example of a different area that the Find Your Talent programme can support.”

Telford & Wrekin Council is one of 10 councils nationwide chosen to run a Find Your Talent pathfinder. The programme helps children and young people express themselves through different cultural and creative activities such as music, art, film, theatre, dance, digital media, exploring libraries, museums or heritage.