MTX assists project to help children learn about nature

Published:  28 September, 2018

A new wildlife garden has been built as part of an education programme to encourage children to learn about the natural world.

The Margaret Baxter Wildlife Garden at the Lakeside School in Derbyshire was designed and built by GFB, a non-profit social enterprise that helps to get young people employed in sustainable construction.

Projects led by GFB aim to work with the surrounding environment to create structures and spaces that will encourage wildlife and enable people to learn about the landscape.

The wildlife garden featured MEDITE® TRICOYA® EXTREME and MEDITE PREMIER FR MDF in its bespoke bird hide and hedgehog-friendly fencing.

The hide is 7m long and 4m wide, and uses 30 sheets of MTX, allowing an entire class of school children at a time to observe birds and other animals.

It also has a feature log wall with cavities for bees and will eventually incorporate a “living roof” of leaf mulch, local grasses and wildflowers.

Dr Nigel Oliver, Business Manager at GFB, said: “We started using MTX about a year ago for some select outdoor projects.

“We have gradually switched all our work to use MEDITE products but, in particular MTX as we were so impressed with it.,

“The vast majority of our projects are outside, meaning it is crucial to select the right products to work with, that will be durable enough to withstand the elements and not disrupt the natural environment around it.”

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