school garden

school garden

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

We are very excited to be able to tell you that we have been awarded a lottery grant to help us in our quest to provide a superb garden and wildlife area for our school and local community. The Echo were up at the garden yesterday to take some photos which I will post when they become available. More information will be posted in a short while.
This is great news.

Friday, 24 April 2009

We have recently been mentioned on the edible playgrounds newsletter. Please read the article here:

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Today in the school garden.

Here are some photos that my daughters and I took today whilst at the school garden. The first is a shot along one of the boundaries where we have very recently planted a new hedgerow to fill up the gaps that you can't actually see in this photo.

Here is a lovely shot of some of the flowers from bulbs that parents donated and planted last autumn. The hose pipe is in the background as it is all set up to water the willow classroom and tunnel.
I was trying to get a photo of a bumble bee feeding from these nettle flowers but alas couldn't get close enough. If you squint you might just see it in the centre.
We set to work transplanting some leeks, nasturtium and sowing some carrot seeds. Team work.

The path is still holding up. Great photo girls.

The wind turbine is up and running. Excellent job Parent Pete.

Yummy rhubarb.

Technology at the garden. Laptop taken up so that the planting plan could be followed.

The oats are growing nicely.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Garden Open Day Sunday 17th May

We hope to have a Garden Open Day on 17th May, which is a Sunday, I can’t remember why we decided on that date back in January, it seemed like a good idea at the time. At the moment we are just past the half way mark for the Easter break and when we get back to school we will have three weeks until the opening day.

If you are visitor to this blog please come visit in person we are open from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. We will be having the lovely Nick Williams-Ellis who designed the Dorset Cereals Edible Garden visiting us to open the event and judge the entries from local schools in the scarecrow competition.

You will also be able to see the progress with the willow classroom which by then should have some of the larger branches pulled in to start forming the roof of the classroom. There will also be real Dorset cream teas and plants to buy as well as various craft stalls and activities for younger people including making and planting a paper pot and listening to story readings in the willow classroom.
Holy Trinity Environmental Garden is at Cross Road, Weymouth, Dorset.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Work starts on the Totem Pole

Parent Pat has begun the task of creating a totem pole from a tree trunk that came from the top of the school driveway.
The tree unfortunately had a fungal infection and so had to be chopped down. We were considering turning the trunk into seating when one of our parents came forward and offered to create a totem pole from it. What a wonderful idea. Year 5 classes were invited to come up with some designs that Pat could carve into the trunk and off they went to research totem poles and the meanings behind them.
The trunk was so big that we had to call the army in to help us move it into the school garden.

You can see from these pictures that the tree was moved last year. In the last few weeks though Pat has managed to make a start on the trunk and has begun carving a bear and elephant.
Watch this space for more progress.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Toddler Time in the Garden at Easter.

It is really important to us that the whole school community gets involved in the garden and reaps the benefits from such a wonderful resource.
With this in mind, the Holy Trinity Toddler Group used the school garden for their Easter egg hunt last Wednesday. The Easter bunny had been up to the garden and hidden some pictures of eggs and the toddlers had to try and find them. They were hidden amongst the flowers, grasses, beds and in the willow structures. It was a gorgeous day and everyone had so much fun. each toddler was rewarded for their efforts by receiving an Easter basket with some mini eggs inside.
Oh happy days.