Learning about outdoors in fantastic new garden

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

Opening the new garden at Lady Seward's C of E School. Ref: P3025-46-08AW

Opening the new garden at Lady Seward's C of E School. Ref: P3025-46-08AW

LADY Seward's Primary School has finally opened its secret garden after more than a year of designing and planting. The project started when the Clyst St George school ran a competition for children to redesign their school garden which now includes a wil

LADY Seward's Primary School has finally opened its secret garden after more than a year of designing and planting.The project started when the Clyst St George school ran a competition for children to redesign their school garden which now includes a wildlife pond, a vegetable patch and a sensory area to help with their learning.The garden was under-used because of lack of maintenance and general disrepair until the school decided to raise the money to restore it as an outdoor learning environment for the students to access.Local businesses, members of the community and parents were all approached to help sponsor this project. A parent governor, Cheryl McGauley, who has been a key worker in this project, said: "We now have a beautiful garden where my children and future generations will be able to learn." St Bridget's Nurseries provided mature trees to help form a hedge around the perimeter of the garden. Councillor Derek Button, who opened the garden, helped the school achieve a community grant to assist with the funding for seating, bird boxes and for equipment and seeds. Howmet Alcoa also gave an action grant and Green Valley Nurseries of Ebford gave their time and paving slabs for a path.Acting head teacher Diane Boyden said: "We now have a great garden with vegetable patches which the children can use to sow seeds, tend and nurture growing plants and harvest their own vegetables."The school did have plans to have a garden gazebo which would have been used for summer outdoor classes but were denied planning permission.The garden has been designed to have disabled access and next year will be entering the local Hospiscare garden open day.

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