Blooming hard work but boys’ garden reaps rewards
Sensory garden created using recycled materials
Boys at Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross were awarded for their hard work in creating and maintaing the Pre-Prep gardens with an RHS School Gardening Award Level One.
The team, including three teachers – Mrs Manning, Mrs Wade and Mrs MacMillan – and Andrew, one of the prep boys, took over from the work the nursery began in 2011.
They wanted to create a sensory garden using recycled materials, so they sourced tyres from Tyres Direct in Chalfont St Peter and filled them with soil and plants.
Miss Mercer donated her science budget which went towards creating two willow sculptures.
Head of pre-rep, Mrs Doran, created a second garden with the help of the boys and another parent, which incorporated a beautiful lavender pathway.
Each class also has a raised bed to take care of, sown with organic fruit and vegetables, often eaten by the school tortoises, Victor and Margaret.
There is a compost bin, a wormery and a circle of logs, used as a storytelling circle by boys and teachers.
The youngsters will continue to take care of the garden as Christmas approaches but will start to work inside a bit more.
This work includes creating bug hotels for insects to hibernate in, planting hyacinth bulbs in recycled objects and making bird feeders and scarecrows.
Mrs Manning said: “Gardening Club is one of the most popular lunchtime clubs at Thorpe and it’s a great way of teaching the boys the importance of respecting their immediate environment, why they should and ways in which they can recycle and the names of different types of plants and animals.
“Some children also find playtime stressful so this gives them the opportunity to work cooperatively with smaller groups of children. Having achieved our Level One, the boys are really excited about working towards their Level Two, part of which will involve taking photos of the beautiful fruit, vegetables and flowers we grow in the spring and summer.”
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