Aylsham

Broads mural unveiled at school pond

Just Regional
Jun 28, 2024 2 mins read

A colourful snapshot of Broads wildlife has been added to the pond area at an Aylsham school.

The walls surrounding the lily-filled, boardwalk-edged pond at Bure Valley School have been brightened by a giant mural capturing some of the wildlife and plants that make the Broads landscape special.

Images include a heron munching on an eel, a bittern eating a frog, the iconic swallowtail butterfly and stunning birds such as the marsh harrier and kingfisher.

The mural was commissioned to enhance the pond area and will support the school’s science, art and outdoor learning curriculum.

The school’s science leaders, forest schoolers and head boy and girl team joined staff and visitors to gather by the pond and mark the official opening.
The event included a visit from award winning natural history writer, journalist and President of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Patrick Barkham, along with mural artists Sunny and Pea.

Patrick said: “This lovely outdoor learning area has been made even lovelier by the glorious new mural. We sometimes forget that Norfolk is so special for nature – the Norfolk Broads are the most biodiverse national park in Britain.

“It’s fantastic to see our special local nature celebrated in this mural. Scientific research shows us the mental and physical benefits of spending time in green space and we also learn really well outdoors too. It’s wonderful to see Bure Valley School developing their outdoor learning areas to enable their pupils to enjoy the benefits and joys of nature.”

School head Jamie Olney added: “With the generous support of local businesses, we’re delighted that we are able to continue investing in our outdoor learning areas. These spaces not only support important learning about our natural environment, but have a positive impact on pupil’s mental health and wellbeing.”

POND-ERING: children enjoy the new mural at their school.

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