school garden

school garden

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Up goes the sedum roof

Allan and Zoe Goddard from Goddards Landscapes had been looking after the sedum roof for us until we were ready to have it placed back on top of the shed. They very kindly came to the garden and put it on in the pouring rain. Thank you Allan and Zoe.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Here come the boys

All that was left now was for the planting, the sedum roof and the PATH.

Jason, Michael and Nigel came to the rescue and gave up many many weekends to get the brick path relayed for which we are all eternaly grateful.

Here come the girls

During the sunny summer (!?!?!?) we managed to get a group of mothers and children to come in and help fill our beds with 15 tons of top soil from Eco-soil. It took all day but the children loved it. Washing machines were on full pelt that night!!!

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Thursday, 20 November 2008

Dorset Works get to work!!!

During the first couple of weeks of the school summer holiday 2008, Dorset Works set about putting together the pencil fence and the raised beds and Poulton Portables came to re-erect the garden classroom.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Where is it going to go?

The old nursery site had been left empty for over a year and had grown somewhat wild:

The council (Dorset Works) came in and did a degree of clearance work for us.
The last remaining portacabin was removed:

Then .......... the garden arrived on the back of an artic lorry supplied and paid for by Goddard Landscapes of Okeford Fitzpaine in Dorset ( This is the company who had done such a magnificent job of constructing the garden for the show.

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A summer of garden construction fun

Myself and my Mum, Helen Toft and her friend and Miss Bennett and her friend all went up to Hampton Court Palace and saw the garden in situ at the RHS flower Show 2008.
We met Nick Williams Ellis and had a private tour from Mandy Cooper of Positive PR who works on the edible gardens project and who has also been of so much help to us with the garden and beyond. By this time the garden had won the Tudor Rose award for Best in Show and a Gold Medal award. Everyone had a great day out and the crowds were buzzing about the garden. Everyone knew it was going to a primary school in Dorset and thought it was a great idea.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Hello all,

My name is Samantha and I am starting this blog with the help of some friends and colleagues (hopefully) in order to share our experiences of starting up a school garden at our local primary school. We are a brand new school - just over 1 year old, created by the amalgamation of an infants and a juniors to create a primary school.

Holy Trinity Primary School in Weymouth, Dorset has just under 700 pupils and is indeed the largest primary school in the county.

At the end of the summer term in 2008, the school was contacted and made a once in a life time offer that we couldn't refuse. Dorset Cereals were offering us their edible playground garden, designed by Nick Williams-Ellis especially for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2008. The garden formed part of the edible playgrounds initiative, a campaign to try and get an edible playground in all schools in the country. Initiated by Screen Bites in Dorset, this project has now been taken up by Dorset Cereals.

The garden had not yet been built but we were shown a pencil plan of it and we, of course, jumped at the chance. We had a perfect piece of land within our school grounds that would be ideal for this project and could be developed even further.

We said "yes please".

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