Families build Capel Primary School's pre-primary nature play area

CAPEL Primary School has a new pre-primary nature play area thanks to a number of people who came together on September 10 to construct the space. 

Volunteers both young and old helped to make Capel pre-primary's nature play area on September 10. The new playground features a sensory walkway, bike track, bird bath and log steppers that blend in with the landscape.

Volunteers both young and old helped to make Capel pre-primary's nature play area on September 10. The new playground features a sensory walkway, bike track, bird bath and log steppers that blend in with the landscape.

Eighteen families and P&C members worked hard to build the playground, which features a sensory walk, bridge, bike track and bird bath. They dug in garden edging, created a dry creek bed with a bridge, planted native plants and trees around the area, formed log steppers and rejuvenated the bike track by adding a garden arch with creepers. 

Capel Primary School students helping to dig out the school's nature playground. More than 18 families and P&C members got their hands dirty for the busy bee.

Capel Primary School students helping to dig out the school's nature playground. More than 18 families and P&C members got their hands dirty for the busy bee.

The busy bees also helped to make a tyre edge around the track with stones and plants, and a wooden tent and electric cable reel table with log seats, before spreading the area with wood chips.  

Capel Primary School teachers Amy Lamera and Karen Hoppe said the school’s pre-primary students were so excited to play and explore in the new nature space.

"Nature play areas promote open ended inquiry learning and play that supports the development of the whole child, through sparking natural curiosities and respect for the environment,” the teachers said.

Old tyres were recycled for the edges of the bike track path, while native and bushtucker plants were planted to encourage wildlife into the space.

Old tyres were recycled for the edges of the bike track path, while native and bushtucker plants were planted to encourage wildlife into the space.

"The support from the school admin, P&C and the families as well as the local business donations has shown outstanding community spirit.” 

The teachers thanked Capel Primary School P&C for funding the project, Clint Trantham for picking up wood chips, and Clint Old for picking up tyres, logs and pebbles. 

They also thanked businesses WAPRES, Koppers Logs, Bunbury Auto Wreckers, Capel IGA, Bunnings Busselton and Down South Landscaping. 

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