A new wetland ecology area has today officially been opened by the partners involved in the large scale community and education redevelopment.
The area provides a natural drainage solution for the three main elements of the redevelopment (St Edmund’s Catholic School, Wolves Academy and the Redrow housing scheme), with the water level within the reed beds changing dependent on the amount of recent rainfall.
The site for the ecology area was specifically chosen because, owing to their layout, the fields could not be marked out and utilised by St Edmund’s Catholic School.
The top soil from site has been removed and used to level out nearby pitches, with temporary fencing remaining in place, whilst the grass has time to regrow.
A boardwalk has been built running through the ecology area, which provides a permanent and convenient pedestrian route leading to the adjacent Smestow Nature Reserve.
In addition, ecology boards have been erected, which will support learning opportunities in a variety of subjects – including Biology, Geography and Engineering - for local school children as well as becoming points of interest for local residents enjoying the nature reserve.
Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves, said, “This significant investment in the new ecology area will provide numerous environmental and educational benefits to the local community and contributes to the green and natural beauty of Compton Park.
“The site has been carefully planned and constructed, complete with a boardwalk in the design, to provide a pleasant and accessible link to Smestow Nature Reserve, which will be enjoyed by both local school children and the wider local community.”
Deirdre Finucane, Head Teacher St Edmund’s Catholic School, added, “The new wetland ecology area will be very helpful to students from the Compton Park schools – and further afield – in enabling them to understand the importance of environmental issues. It’s a great development.”
Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: “This is another excellent example of how our Building Schools for the Future Programme is aiding children and young people, as well as the wider community. The new ecology area will provide a host of educational and environmental benefits and greatly enhances the area.”