Trust hops into action for the next phase of ‘Hop to It’

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

The National Trust for Jersey is delighted to announce the next phase of the Trust’s wetland wildlife ‘Hop to it’ project.

After the successful creation of six wildlife ponds around the island’s schools last year, as well as providing advice and information to many others, the next round of pond building starts this Saturday at 10am at Samares Primary School.

Over the next four weeks the ‘Hop to It’ team will be visiting Grands Vaux, La Moye and Janvrin schools. The Trust intend to broaden their support this year, with the team also improving the outdoor wildlife areas by installing bird boxes and creating habitats for various animals.

The Trust has once again teamed up with employees from RBC Wealth Management to help install and construct the ponds. Francis Binney, Environment Officer at RBC Wealth Management is very enthusiastic about the project; “Having helped the Trust restore the wetlands at Le Mielle de Morville over the last three years, it’s great for our staff to now be able to bring some of that wildlife habitat into the school environment.”

The ‘Hop to it’ project has also received financial support through a RBC Wealth Management ‘Day of Service’ grant and the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards bestowed the initiative with the ‘Best New Conservation Project’ for the Trusts work in 2012.

Celia Jeune the National Trust for Jersey President said “The Trust aims to inspire and encourage the next generation by working with island’s schools whenever we can. We are grateful to RBC Wealth Management and Insurance Corporation that we are able to continue to work with the young naturalists of the future.”

In addition to these new ponds the team will also be checking up on the ponds from last year by giving them a ‘wildlife check-up’. This will involve recording the animals and plants that live at each site as well as planting new species of wild flower.

The first pond is going to be constructed at Samares Primary School on Saturday 2nd March, starting at 10am.

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