Our New Nature Station

Dear All,

“At the northern end of the Meon Valley Trail lies the remains of the old West Meon station.  But it’s been a long time since railway trains steamed this way.  Now in 2017 a new future looks likely, for part of this site will soon be turned into a Nature Reserve for children”

Our school has worked very closely with the Western Area Volunteer Rangers and Hampshire County Council since September 2016 on this project.  It all started when we asked if the children would be allowed access to the derelict station site as this had green spaces that were unused and neglected.  We want to encourage the children to use the space outside as part of their on going “Outdoor Learning”.

The site has now been cleared and converted into a mosaic of habitats complimented by a winding path which has now become a nature trail.

Preparing the Nature Station

Russell Cleaver from Western Downs Volunteer Rangers said:

“It is rare and very satisfying for volunteers to be involved in a school’s project especially from its early creation right through to completion in a single year”.

During the Summer Term of 2017, we asked all the children as part of their homework, to create a project about how the West Meon Station evolved into a Nature  Trail.  They could either do this in the form of an essay, art work or a collage.  In addition, they had to think of a name for the Nature Trail.  The winner would have a plaque showing their name and the new name of the Trail.

In July we held an open day to show visitors our school. We spent part of the day up at the reserve with the Rangers from Queen Elizabeth Country Park learning how to be a ranger. We had a great time!

Steve training the mini rangers.

On 26th July, after our Leaver’s Service, all the children, staff and parents went to our new Nature Trail for a picnic.  The winner of the competition was announced as Finley , one of our Year 1 children.  He named the trail “Nature Station”.

Finley and the plaque

Finley and the volunteer rangers opening the Nature Station at the end of year picnic.

Since the Summer holidays we have used the Nature Station on a number of occasions. Here are a few pictures to show you what we have been doing…can you spot Bertie the Gnome, who lives in the reserve?

This is map drawn by Naia to show how to drive and walk to the Nature Station from school.

The map

We understand that you are busy completing your end of year exams; we would like to wish you a big GOOD LUCK!!

Have a wonderful break and a very Happy Christmas

from us all at West Meon Primary School

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