Creating the Wildlife Garden

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The beauty and richness of the Wildlife Garden are testament to the community that created it.
The beauty and richness of the Wildlife Garden are testament to the community that created it.
Special thanks again to Zena, Rachel and Sue, here hatted at the Grand Opening Tea Party in June 2010.
Special thanks again to Zena, Rachel and Sue, here hatted at the Grand Opening Tea Party in June 2010.

Work on the Wildlife Garden began in the spring of 2009 and was carried on with great energy and commitment from members of the PTA through all the following year, in sunshine, rain and freezing cold.

A true community project

Parents, teachers and children worked together on all stages of the garden, from planning, design and clearing the ground to building, weaving and planting. Funding for the project came from the PTA, the school and Diocese, local businesses, colleges and charitable trusts. Many other friends of the school helped with materials and gave practical support.

Every child involved

Every child in Key Stage Two made a contribution.

  • Year 6 carved beautiful green oak furniture for the Outdoor Classroom.
  • Year 5 made ceramic plaques with natural designs, to decorate the enclosure.
  • Year 4 built wildlife habitats and feeders and made information boards.
  • Year 3 helped weave hurdles from willow to form the fence.

Huge thanks are due to everyone involved, and in particular to Zena Forster who masterminded the project, with unflagging support from Sue Harmer and Rachel Rowe.

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