The Hedgerow Safari programme has been a tremendous success, with children from as far apart as Cornwall and Galloway having fun discovering the wildlife that makes an organic farm its home. However, because we don't have any farms in certain areas of the country, some schools have missed out because they are too far away. To help to remedy this, we have decided to offer some Winter Workshops in the classroom led by our ever-popular Fin McLaren. These will include a DVD showing a day in the life of an organic dairy farmer and a short discussion on the benefits of organic farming to wildlife. This will be followed by activities including the making of a Hedgerow wall frieze which will help children to learn about native UK flora and fauna.
The workshop lasts around one and a half to two hours and is completely free of charge. The wall frieze can stay in the classroom so there is an option of further work to be based around it. Copies of the Field Studies Council Hedgerow Guide will be given to each child and a copy of the DVD can be kept by the school. We can also leave materials to make a bat box, which will be collected in time to put up on one of our farms in the spring as part of our Year of the Bat campaign for 2012.