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