St Bernadette Catholic Primary have a large garden area with lots of potential and the head teacher was keen to make the area productive. But as importantly for any efforts to be sustainable, for children to take ownership of the garden for ongoing learning and productivity and for the whole school to be involved, from Reception through to Year 6. The school has recently registered as an Eco-School so many of our workshop activities will also count towards their green flag award, specifically within the School Grounds and Biodiversity topics.
Garden Plotters scheduled a series of workshops, one for each year group, starting in September and running until June this year. Each workshop includes creative design and lots of practical activities in the garden. Year 6 came up with many great design ideas for their vegetable garden, including a creative wall and a St Bernadette statue. We took on board as many ideas as were feasible and input them into brand new design which is now displayed on the schools Eco Club board.
Our series of workshops are ongoing and on top of lots of sowing and planting include:
All of these and more can be found on our workshops page
garden design from one of the Year 6 groups
bird feeders made from recycled materials,
ready for hanging
salad leaves growing well in the
greenhouse in January
fruit tree labels being prepared
bare root fruit trees planted into pots
prior to the mini orchard area being prepared
foraging for insect hotel 'bedding'
Year 6 busy planting up the school
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