Morgan Sindall and Morley School pupils team up for creepy-crawly construction project!
Morgan Sindall has joined forces with pupils from Morley Church of England Primary School in Wymondham, Norfolk, for one of the most unusual construction projects it has ever undertaken – to build hotels for insects.
The company, which has local offices at Thorpe Road, Norwich, teamed up with more than 100 students from the school in Deopham Road, Wymondham, to create the insect hotels as part of the school’s Enrichment Week, which saw pupils learning about waste and recycling. Made only from recyclable materials, the hotels are designed to recreate the natural habitats of insects, giving them somewhere to live during the autumn and winter months.
Morgan Sindall got involved in the project through lead regional safety, health and environmental advisor Dave Bickel, whose wife Gill works at the school.
“My wife mentioned that the pupils were going to be carrying out this project and needed some assistance to create the insect hotels,” explains Dave. “I thought it sounded like a fun way for the children to learn about the benefits of recycling. As a company, one of our key aims is to reduce waste by re-using any leftover materials wherever possible, so we offered to help.”
Working together, the pupils and Morgan Sindall’s East Regional Safety, Health and Environmental Team created the insect hotels using wooden pallets and materials often used as habitats by bugs including timber, branches, twigs, bark and dry leaves.
“The pupils are going to continue to maintain the insect hotels so that creatures will have somewhere to hibernate during the autumn and winter months,” says Dave. “We’re now planning to build insect hotels at other schools we’re working at in East Anglia to help youngsters understand that they can protect insects’ habitats and be kind to the environment at the same time.”
“The children had a wonderful time and learned so much,” says Linda Cullum, headteacher at Morley Church of England Primary School. “I am sure the Insect Hotels will be a source of inspiration for many months to come. Thank you for joining with us for this event.”