Creation of the Nature Discovery Trail at ITH Gembloux.

AGAINSTIt was in this connection that the teachers and students of the Ecological Technician direction decided to organize a nature trail, both didactic and fun, right next to the school. This will be open during our open day on May 7th. Finally, it will consist of didactic panels and is illustrated with an explanatory brochure that can be used as a support for the educational activities that will be offered to the pupils of the 5th and 6th elementary school from neighboring schools.

Over the years, students of the Environment Technician option will definitely improve, enrich … this “trail of discovery of nature”, in particular, by creating a natural pond, installing birdhouses, building a rockery … At present, this course already includes: urban forest, bee hedges, patches of flowering meadows, insect inn, dead wood piles…

urban forest
: As part of the Gembloux School of Sustainability, in partnership with CTH and the non-profit organization Urban Forests, in February 2019, on land formerly occupied by greenhouses, students created a 900 m¬≤ “Urban Forest Ecosystem”. Indeed, about sixty students planted 2,700 seedlings of local trees and shrubs in a few hours. During the following open days, come and discover this urban forest planted using the “Miyawaki” (Japanese botanist) technique with 28 native species selected for their ability to adapt to climate and soil conditions. Future environmentalists will be sure to inform you about the various stages of this project, the goals pursued and the interest in this new type of green space;

honey plant hedge
: The hedge created this school year is made up of diverse and native species. This arrangement of trees and/or shrubs whose flowers produce nectar, pollen or honeydew is intended to attract pollinating insects. In addition to the flower interest, the production of fruit from the honey-bearing hedge cannot be neglected, it is a real pantry for birds and some mammals. Students will take the time to explain to the children on the nature trail the role of hedges: a barrier against wind and soil erosion, an ecological corridor, a landscape element, a reservoir of biodiversity…;

flowering meadows
: for several years, in collaboration with the Gembloux Horticultural Technical Center, ITH has ensured the conservation of areas of flowering meadows. This will give young people the opportunity to explain to the visitors of the Nature Discovery Trail the many ecological advantages of the flower meadow, in particular compared to the traditional lawn;

insect hotel
: built and installed by students, the insect inn or nest is primarily a sanctuary designed to attract beneficial insects and arachnids to our gardens. During the introductory trail, students will talk about the interest of these helper insects in controlling pests in our gardens, and how these “insect hotels”, which we find more and more, both in private homes and in gardens, open to the public is also an important educational tool that promotes awakening and discovery of the little wild world that surrounds us.

dead forests
: culturally, a pile of firewood forgotten in a corner of the earth looks abandoned, but a pile of dead wood is full of life! During the orientation trail, students will urge the public not to remove all branches and hedge trimmings, as well as small piles of dry leaves. After all, by stacking logs and branches, many species will find a comfortable refuge in your garden. These buildings serve as a support for various mosses and lichens, shelter from the weather and from predators, or for the wintering of a variety of animals, such as insects, batrachias, reptiles and mammals. It is also a food source for wood-destroying fungi and xylophagous insects…

The Nature Discovery Trail should allow students of the Environmental Technician option to enrich their knowledge and learn to pass it on with enthusiasm.

ITH Gembloux Environment Section Students and Faculty


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