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York High School would like to offer the use of our new Outdoor Learning Zone to local community groups and schools.

When York High moved to the Cornlands Road site in January 2009 it inherited the wildlife area that had previously served Oaklands School. Unfortunately over the years while the school was being rebuilt, this area had fallen into disrepair, the pond had dried up and the area had become a mass of overgrown plants.

In January 2010 planning began to reinstate and further develop the area to turn it into a fantastic outdoor learning resource. With the help of BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) a design for the area was agreed which would include; a growing area with several raised beds, a seating area, a wildflower meadow, a 140m circular path, further seating and a large pond complete with dipping platform.

In order to fund part of the project, the school applied to the Big Lottery Fund and was successfully awarded over £4,000 to enable the pond and dipping platform to be built. The contract to develop the site was awarded to Brunswick Organic Nurseries and work started in September 2010. The enthusiasm and commitment to the project from the Brunswick team has been superb throughout. The work was completed in September 2011 and school groups have already begun to use the area, which has been named the Outdoor Learning Zone, for a variety of uses. It is hoped that this fantastic space will continue to be used by pupils, staff and the wider community for years to come.

To receive further information regarding the Outdoor Learning Zone please contact reception on 01904 555 500 or email