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Nature Garden Award at Norwich Road Academy

The latest from our grant fund to help children access nature.


Project Officer, Alexandra was thrilled to present a cheque for £2,500 to Norwich Road Academy in April for investment into a nature garden beside their playground. We were met by children from the school’s Eco Committee who will be involved in the project and who were very excited to show us the willow dome the school has already planted in partnership with The Woodland Trust. They said it is their favourite part of the nature garden so far.

The grant will allow the school to invest in storage, tools and training for the garden but also to create a dipping pond, picnic area and bird-feeding area. Having access to this garden, and being actively involved in its creation and maintenance, will improve the students’ knowledge and understanding of the plants, trees and habitats natural to Breckland, and promote a caring and responsible approach to the environment. The school will also be able to incorporate a practical example of nature into their science and geography lessons.

Julia Miles, school Principal, said,

“The children at Norwich Road Academy love the outdoors and the opportunities that their school nature area brings.  We are lucky to have been able to enhance this school space, with the support of volunteers and local community groups.  With the pressures on school budgets, this support makes such a difference and is so precious to us.  We are very grateful to the BFER team for their help.  The children can’t wait to spend the money!”

The children were certainly very excited when we met them. We hope, next time, they will be spoiled for choice as to their favourite place for a photograph.

This money was awarded thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of our Third Party Grants Project.