Creating Green Spaces in Schools

Children being helped to create a 'bug hotel'

Fusion and HS2 have been working in collaboration on the ‘Green Spaces initiative, which over the last four weeks have seen them visit nine schools across Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire to assist children with planting ‘green walls’ of trailing plants.

The project included stops at schools in Boddington, Twyford, Greatworth and Finmere and culminated in an Outdoor Classroom Day at Chipping Warden School recently (23rd May), in which the volunteers spent the day carrying out a range of fun, environmentally-friendly activities. These included planting, colouring in sustainable, non-plastic tree guards and creating a ‘bug hotel’ – a portable habitat for insects to live in made of wood and vegetation, as pictured above.

Becky Tranter, Skills, Education and Employment (SEE) Manager, said: “This has been a great piece of school engagement work, working collaboratively with HS2, who allocated the schools. Together we created colourful outdoor spaces and gave the children fun insight into the importance of caring for our environment also the plants and creatures that live in it.

“It was also great opportunity for a wide range of Fusion colleagues to get involved in school engagement, some of whom had not done anything like it before.”

Green Spaces was supported by Fusion colleagues from the environment, procurement, HR, quality, quantity surveying, health and safety and community engagement teams.

This activity supports Fusion’s SEE strategy which incorporates school engagement, recruiting apprentices, supporting the National Colleges, creating work experience placements and tackling joblessness.

As a result of Green Spaces, Fusion’s SEE team is now speaking with one of the schools it visited to explore taking part in its Careers Day.

Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall, that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 (High Speed 2) line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.