Learning about leafmould
Deciduous trees drop their leaves in autumn, so this is a good time for pupils to gather up leaves to start a leafmould pile and avoids leaves blocking drains. Leafmould is formed from decaying leaves and produces an invaluable soil conditioner.
The best quality leafmould is produced from the leaves of oak, beech or hornbeam. Thick leaves like horse chestnut we found out need to be shredded before adding to the leafmould pile, as they are much slower to break down. We used rakes to make piles of leaves, to make collecting the leaves easier.