Article: Moseley Bog

Moseley Students Make The Headlines… Yet Again

The 11th November 2008 edition of the Birmingham Mail carried a three page article on the work that some of Moseley School’s students regularly undertake in Moseley Bog.

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Thomas Stewart, Naziz Akhtar, Nuh Salad, Haamid Khan, Mohammed Atif Khan, Israr Khan and Ateeb Hassan

This article followed the shortlisting of the school for the first ever national Learning Outside the Classroom Awards.

For some eight years now the students in the Learning Support Centre have helped the rangers from the Shire Country Park in looking after the Moseley Bog Local Nature Reserve. This very special place with its connection to JRR Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, is only a few minutes walk from the school’s Wake Green Road entrance. Students coppice willow and hazel in the winter months and use the material to build ‘dead hedges’ that help to support wildlife. They also cut back overhanging vegetation to keep paths open, spread wood chippings to aid walkers, remove invasive Japanese knotweed and litter-pick on their short walk to and from the worksite. This year the work has taken place on a Wednesday afternoon.

The newspaper article pointed out that this activity helps young people to understand that learning is not confined to the classroom; that using the ‘great outdoors’ can help young people to become ‘independent, confident and motivated.’ It also puts us in touch with our neighbours who are always appreciative of efforts to improve our shared environment.