Over the past few years we have been working hard to develop our school garden into a peaceful, exciting and practical addition to support our learning.
We began with a piece of wasteland that had to be planned and designed by our staff with support from some of our dedicated parents. Over time we have followed through with our plans; putting in paths; creating different spaces for a wildlife area and a fairy garden; and also making some planters for our children to grow their own produce in.
Last year we even applied for some funding from the Local School's Nature Grant. The Local School's Nature Grant supports schools to create stimulating outdoor learning and play experiences for children and young people so fund schools in buying equipment that helps to create this environment. Through this funding, staff were able to receive training about how to use the garden to create a practical, hands on curriculum. Some of the equipment we received for our school garden included a bug hotel, bird feeders and a hedgehog house.
Although we are still on the journey to creating the perfect reflective garden, the photos below document the progress we have made so far.
We wish to thank:
- Our parents for making donations of plants and equipment, but also for dedicating their time to being hands on in the creation of the garden.
- Our PTFA who have thoroughly supported us to raise funds for new equipment.
- Darrington gardening club, who have donated lots of plants.
- The Local School Nature Grants.