A Sanctuary Care home in St John’s, Worcester has supported a national wildlife conservation initiative today with the help from local schoolchildren.
The team and residents at Regent Residential Care Home in School Road welcomed pupils, aged 8 to 9, from St Clement’s Church of England Primary School to celebrate National Nest Box Week (14 – 21 February).
Hand-painted nest boxes
Rolling up their sleeves, residents and the youngsters came together to paint beautiful designs on bird boxes and feeders, to support their feathered friends.
The items will be placed around the care home’s grounds, with two boxes also being placed in St Clement’s grounds for the whole school to enjoy.
91-year-old resident Mary Caligari said: “I really enjoyed meeting all the children; they were so lovely and such great painters for our bird boxes.”
“..the nest boxes look fabulous.”
Thelma Breeze, who is 80 years old agreed: “The children were so kind and really inspiring when we were painting and making our boxes, they had such lovely ideas. The nest boxes look fabulous.”
Teacher from St Clement’s Mrs Thomas, added: “The students had a fabulous time at Regent. They really enjoyed creating the bird boxes and were genuinely thrilled to see how much the residents loved them and how much joy they will bring to the home. We heard how much everyone loves watching the birds come and go in the garden.
“I am really proud of the group of students as they’ve done a fantastic job and have done something really heart-warming for their community.”
It’s wonderful to be supporting local wildlife
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Bridie Gray concluded: “We always enjoy the visits from St Clement’s, they bring nothing but joy you to the home and this time was no different.
“Together they created beautiful nest boxes for the garden and we will really enjoy them throughout the year. We get wonderful wildlife in our grounds so it’s wonderful that we are supporting the local birds.”
About National Nest Box Week
National Nest Box Week is in its 19th year and encourages everyone to put nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.