Children survey the health of local wood
Pupils join council staff for measuring exercise
YOUNG environmentalists in Amersham spent a day finding out how healthy a popular wood is.
All 45 year five pupils at St Mary’s CofE Primary School, in School Lane, joined Amersham in Bloom volunteers and Amersham Town Council staff to undertake a survey to see how healthy Willow Wood is.
The wood, behind Stanley Hill Cemetery, is a beech woodland typical of the Chilterns.
The pupils were split into eight groups who surveyed 100sqm in the wood.
They surveyed the types of trees by age, measuring their girth, height, canopy cover and ground cover.
The survey confirmed that the wood is composed of prominently beech trees interspersed with the odd oak, hawthorn, cherry, beech and alder.
The results of the survey concluded that holly is the predominant flora in the understory layer.
Mary Simons, a teacher at St Mary’s School, said: “The children in year five enjoy a challenge. It was good to see them using their observation and mathematical skills to help find out if Willow Wood was healthy.”
Steve Catanach, community officer at Amersham Town Council, said: “The children really enjoyed the challenge and were so enthusiastic throughout.
“We hope that the survey gave the children an opportunity understand the significance and value of trees while allowing them to apply mathematical techniques and to see how maths can be applied to everyday situations.”
During the past two years, 1,500 new native tree whips have been planted next to Willow Wood with 1,000 being planted with the assistance of teachers, pupils and parents of St Mary’s School.
The resulting extension to the habitat is known as Jubilee Wood. One of the new trees is an oak sapling taken from one of the royal parks.
Amersham in Bloom said it is very grateful to all the schools that engaged and supported its activities this year.
WILLOW WORK: Year Five pupils at St Mary’s CofE Primary School, in Amersham, performed a survey of Willow Wood
TEAM EFFORT: The children joined Amersham in Bloom volunteers and Amersham Town Council staff