School Projects 2020/2021
The Hampshire Gardens Trust has run a successful schools programme for many years and connected with many schools across the county who have asked for help. In spite of the restrictions imposed on us this year, we have been liaising with four educational establishments in order to grow and develop our educational programme.
Fairisle Infant and Nursery School, Southampton
A grant of £200 was given recently towards tools and equipment to assist in the school’s garden, by way of encouragement to children’s education in what is a locality of some need.
Staff & children at the schools say ‘we would like to say thank you so much for your kind donation of £200. We intend to put it towards our improvements to our garden areas near the playground with more appropriate planting, maybe even a sensory garden where the area can be more interactive for the children. We are also grateful to Jennifer Adams from your Conservation & Development Team, for giving us her time and advice on what would be best to plant there. We have already started to improve our garden hub, which has already had a positive impact on the children and the wildlife there.
The members of staff, who have volunteered to implement the changes, hope with the help of your donation, that we can do the same in our other garden areas around the school. Here are the garden areas we’re looking to improve and where your kind donation will be used’.
Images of the garden at Fairlisle Infant and Nursery School currently being improved for the children to use and enjoy.
Grayshott C of E Primary School, Grayshott
We have been working with Grayshott Primary School to help them kickstart the renovation of their overgrown Wildlife Garden and the replanting of their Peace Garden. The Trust paid for a topographical survey of the site, and Richard Connell, Landscape Architect, kindly produced a design plan. Now this is in place, we are waiting for the school to implement a fundraising programme in order for the works to be carried out. The end result will be a natural area which the school children will be able to access safely in order to learn.
The Bridge Education Centre, Eastleigh
The Education Team have been helping the school practically with donated plants and volunteering as part of a working party. We are also working with a group of designers to help with the design and implementation of part of the garden.
The Arnewood School, New Milton
The school have recently approached the Trust for advice and support for their new Eco and Gardening Club in which they will be looking at amongst other things, recycling and creating a vegetable patch. A meeting has been scheduled and we hope to be in a position to report back on how we will be able to help the school in the Spring Newsletter.
Oliver’s Battery Primary School, Winchester
We noticed that the school were looking to crowd fund a yurt for outside classes and decided to contact them to find out what they’re plans were. After a meeting with the headteacher and contact with the PTA we felt that this school had great potential for us to develop a specific project with. Once again, discussions are in their infancy and more will reported in the future.