Earlier this year, WESC Foundation were awarded a grant from the BBC Children in Need and Wellcome Trust programme - Curiosity.
The aim of the curiosity project was to engage children and young people in science based activities. WESC students were encouraged to be curious about the natural environment and learn in a more hands- on way in the horticultural area.
The students gained confidence in their ability to safely interact with the physical environment of plants and soil. They developed skills in working together and supporting each other whilst taking part in practical activities.
Alongside this, once the willow arch was planted, students were taught how to monitor the growth using tactile sensation to feel how many new leaves and branches grew every week.
All of the students really enjoyed learning outside of the classroom environment and making science a more active experience.