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School’s Breckland Garden Begins to Grow

The recipients of one of our third party grant funds, Raleigh Infant & Admirals Academy have planted a Breckland garden at the edge of their playground.

Board meetings aren’t known for being thrilling but we try to use ours to show board members some of the amazing results of our funding projects. Our May meeting was hosted by Raleigh Infant and Admirals Academy and, after the paperwork was complete, we had a tour of their newly planted garden.

You can read about their plans for the garden in our previous post: Bringing Breckland In. But, essentially, it is a community-based project aiming to teach pupils about the landscape around them, the native species that grow here and how the seasons change. It also provides a great space for the children to play, interact with nature or seek some peace and quiet. The school also has a really strong programme for pupils classed as vulnerable and isolated and are looking forward to incorporating the garden into their nurture sessions.

So much work has taken place since we last visited the school, raised beds have been created and workshops with children and parents, including a large group of refugee parents, have planted them with hundreds of Breckland plants and flowers. A willow tunnel has been created, wooden play structures created and another workshop involved building a huge bug hotel. A line of mounds has been built for higher grass areas but, as this has already been adopted by the children as their favourite feature, the mounds now have a worn-in mud-track across the top where the children run up and down.

As it was a very rainy visit, it was the perfect opportunity to see one of the school’s new rainwater planters in action too. A result of another one of our projects in the area, many schools now have raised flower beds fed by ordinary guttering drainpipes, a clever way of slowing down run-off into drains and watering the plants at the same time. These specially built planters have windows cut into them so the children can see the layers inside.

We’re looking forward to paying another visit when the boundary trees are a little taller, and the flowers are all in bloom and, perhaps, when it’s a bit sunnier too!

Thank you Admirals Academy for making our board meeting more fun!