During the summer holidays of 2008 five volunteers from Sustainable Merton installed a pond-based ecosystem at the school in Colliers Wood with the help of pupils, parents and staff.

Like the Phipps Bridge Community Garden, the Singlegate Biostation was one of Sustainable Merton’s first projects. A raised dry wall rockery was built and a selection of flowering shrubs, trees and spring bulbs were planted. Then aquatic plants for the pond, a shed, picnic table and picket fence completed the picture.

Dragonflies soon arrived and were followed by newts, frogs and birds.

The creation of the Biostation at Singlegate School was an exciting and worthwhile project and is part of a bigger environmental awareness process going on at the school for which it was awarded the Gold Standard in the 2009 ‘London in Bloom‘ contest. Sustainable Merton believe that projects like this are vital if our children are going to develop an interest in the natural world and, in time, take on the role of its protectors.

Are you a teacher? Would you like to help bring the sustainability message to your classroom? If so, Sustainable Merton would like to hear from you!