Spring is bursting into life and the gardening team have been champing at the bit to be allowed back in!
We are now able to resume work and soon there will be more lovely flowers and exciting things growing. Thank you so much to the Bifani and D'Apice families for the large amount of horse manure they have donated and promised to deliver. We will have our work cut out feeding everything next week!
If anyone has any spare plants they don’t know what to do with in the next few weeks please do think of us as there is lots of space to fill.
Updates to follow soon!
Work continues in the beds at the front of the school and I am delighted that the hard work of the small team of parents is really showing off the school in great style!
We had good news from Properjob today. They are willing to give us bulk compost for free! It isn’t fully composted yet, but it will be good enough for our needs. Details are still being finalised but hopefully we will have it in place for next week.
If anyone has any plants that they want to divide and donate to the garden that would be great.
You may notice the wildlife area in the picture on the right, below. After working on the area with the wildlife logs today the gardening team, all feel that these should stay in place for now. Longer term, it will be great to have these in the environmental area at the back of the school, but with good signs (due to be installed as soon as possible) and management, they are an educational talking point and tie in with the ethos of the gardens. The fungi are looking glorious and there is never a richer time, garden wise, than in the decaying half light of winter. They are also flanked by two beautiful trees which will create structure for the area and we would like to fill up the gaps with mixed planting.
Next week, I shall be meeting with a couple of external advisers/Dartmoor rangers who are going to look at areas towards the back of the field, with a view to helping prepare the groundwork in readiness for planting some of the new trees after Christmas. I will also be liaising with them with regards to our environmental study area and seeking their advice and opinion about preparing the area for outdoor learning. As you know, we intend to weave outdoor learning opportunities through our new curriculum.
Thanks to the team who are working so hard on the gardens at the front! We are loving the results!
Mrs Elizabeth Underwood
I will be adding updates here to keep you informed about the progress of the development of the grounds.
As you may be aware, we have established a Gardening Committee at Chagford Primary. We have met a few times already and work is underway to develop the wonderful grounds we have at the school.
As a committee, we have identified various key areas of the school on which to focus our attention and have drawn up an action plan to address each area, appropriate to the seasons.
Now that we are implementing our new curriculum, we will be weaving outdoor learning through it to capture appropriate opportunities to enable our children to be learning outside the classroom.
We hope that the new fundraising strategy will soon enhance the outdoor learning offer with some much needed resourcing and structures.
Please check back here to keep updated with our progress!