We teamed up with Sanctuary Maintenance to help primary school children in Kingsmead build homes for feathered friends, in support of National Nest Box Week 2014.
Pupils aged six – nine years, from Kingsmead Primary School, took part in a nest box building workshop, delivered by operatives from Sanctuary Maintenance, to create 10 boxes which will be placed around the school grounds.
Geoff Bronson, Trade Supervisor at Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “The kids were very enthusiastic and all wanted a go with the hammers to nail the boxes together.
“Both the kids and the staff were a joy to work with and the session was enjoyed by all involved.”
The children will be painting the boxes, which were made from wood donated by the Managed Services Team of Travis Perkins Group, in another exercise over the coming week.
Louise Nichols, Executive Head teacher at Kingsmead Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed the workshop and are excited to decorate the boxes.
“We are looking forward to the benefits that they will bring to the school grounds over the spring and summer months.”
National Nest Box Week, run by the UK’s leading bird research organisation BTO and in partnership with bird care suppliers Jacobi Jayne, aims to encourage local communities to contribute to bird conservation by putting up nest boxes for breeding birds.
Sanctuary Housing and Kingsmead Primary school have worked together on a number of community initiatives including school trips, fairs and staff volunteering their time to read to school pupils.
Sanctuary’s senior project officer, Jo Revett, commented: “I’m pleased we have such a strong link with the school which is a central part of our community. It’s good to be part of nest box week and to support the children’s learning about nature and the outdoors.”
Sanctuary Housing manages over 3,000 properties in the Hackney region, with many young residents attending the local primary school on the Kingsmead estate.
For more information about Sanctuary Housing in the London and South East, visit https://www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/local-to-you/london-and-south-east.