Log pile

I have been given a very small patch of ground at the school I work at.  I'm very keen to grow things, but I also want to incorporate as much as I can to benefit wildlife.  I want to create a log pile with the children, but I have been told that there might be a risk to the children. I'm aware that yews are poisonous, so I won't use that, all I want is to create a wildlife log pile to show the children the amazing creatures that will soon inhabit it. Advice please.   

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,738

    What sort of risk are they thinking of - children climbing on logs which roll?  Well, they shouldn't be doing that because they should be leaving it quiet for the bugs and beasts.

    Can't really think of anything else - I grew up playing in fields, ditches woods and barns and I still have four limbs and my head and various other bits and pieces.

    You might find some help from the people here wildaboutbritain co uk 

    and here

    http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/Documents/Wildlife-Leaflets/NC_deadwood_leaflet.pdf

     Oh, can't make the second one do a direct link but if you highlight it you can ask Google to search for it image

     

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    You can make a log pile more or less out of any wood.....build it as you would build a wall.............good thick logs and infill with twigs, earth, etc which will be quicker to break down and will contain a life system.  Moss can be a good filler as can grass turves.  It will take time to come to life and the children can watch what happens when bits decay and how the pile changes

    I hope you all enjoy it image.

     

     

     

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,689

    I agree. A log pile is just that, a pile of logs. Stack them up and leave them, over time, ( years) they will provide lots of education value in terms of ecology, biology and environmental awareness. Go for it.

    Devon.
  • Thank you, lots of good advice from you all.  I'm looking forward to making this, with the help of the children, who will enjoy seeing what lurks within itimage

     

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,256

    If you are worried about the logs rolling, hammer in a couple of stakes on each side of the pile. As for yew being poisonous, I hope the kids aren't chewing it? Its not poisonous if they leave it alone, or wash their hands after being in the garden.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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