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Veterans Join with Greyfriars School in Making Remembrance Bird Boxes for The Walks

One of the Bridge for Heroes volunteers with some of the children from Greyfrairs Academy decorating the bird boxes.

Published: Thursday, 10th November 2022

Veterans from the Bridge For Heroes Armed Forces charity joined with students from Greyfriars School to prepare Remembrance Bird Boxes for The Walks.

The boxes were made at the Bridge For Heroes Activity Centre, based in Nelson House on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, which has a fully equipped carpentry workshop and was set up to enable veterans to engage in meaningful activities, these including, in addition to carpentry, art, photography, crafts and amateur radio skills and recreational pursuits. 

The Centre, which is open to veterans and their dependants, has seen a gradual increase in beneficiaries using the facility in the year since it first opened and it was the carpentry class that decided to make the bird boxes, having been told that many of those already in the walks were falling into disrepair.

Janet Moyle, Deputy Head of Greyfriars Academy in King’s Lynn said:

“We were only too willing to accept the Bridge For Heroes offer to allow our students to decorate the bird boxes with the poppies in this week when we remember our fallen. We now look forward to seeing them in use in the spring by our wild bird population.” 

The team from the Bridge For Heroes art class joined with the school children help prepare the ten boxes, providing them with all the necessary art materials and helping with the designs.

Having prepared the boxes on Tuesday 7 November, the students then met with Claire Thompsett, the Borough Operations Manager, to hand them over for placing on trees the following day.

Cllr Harry Humphrey, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said:

“It was a really kind gesture by the Bridge For Heroes veterans to make the boxes and brilliant to get the young students from Greyfriars School, which backs on to the park, to decorate them so appropriately in this week of Remembrance. I look forward to seeing the brightly coloured bird boxes in The Walks.”

Some of the Greyfriars students in The Walks with their bird box.
Paul from the borough council public open space team putting the bird boxes in the trees in The Walks.
A Greyfriars student with their bird box placed in the tree.

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