Having received a grant of £8000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme earlier in the year, an area of land near the Sixth Form Centre was developed over the summer holidays into a vegetable garden. Since then we have been busy with the Year 9 Enterprise Group (formed from some of the new Food and Nutrition GCSE students) weeding and planting elephant garlic and some spring flowers.
We are hoping to erect a large poly-tunnel over four of the beds over the Christmas break ready for planting some chilli plants in January. The plan is to then to add some more exotic plants for students to enjoy including grapevines, blueberry bushes and maybe even a banana tree.
The Year 10 Enterprise Group raised around £1500 from their activities last year and we have already used some of these funds to purchase a table and chairs and gazebo. Additional items such as bird tables and bird baths will be sourced over the next few months.
In addition the SEN Department have been asked to support the group in developing part of the area as a Sensory Garden. We envisage the area will have a herb garden incorporating plants with strong aromas, some kind of outdoor instruments and wind chimes as well as water features to create a calming atmosphere. A selection of flowering plants have been planted for colour and some artwork/sculpture could be incorporated from the Art Department. Many food plants will be grown to sell to ensure the garden is sustainable and for the students to taste and use in their cooking classes. The use of different plants and screening types within the garden will add texture to the area for students to touch.
Tesco and Groundwork representatives visited in October to help plant some Elephant Garlic and see how the project was progressing and were very impressed with the design and layout of the garden. We hope to officially open the garden in the Spring when more of the finishing touches will be in place.
In the meantime, if any students are interested in becoming part of the team who look after the Vegetable or Sensory Garden areas please see Mr Huddleston - all years are welcome.
If anyone has any equipment, bird baths, garden ornaments at home which are no longer wanted please get in touch as we may be able to use them in the school garden.