Blooming hard work but boys’ gar­den reaps re­wards

Sen­sory gar­den cre­ated us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als

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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.”

Char­lie Ciesiel­ski, Ge­orge Blunt, Nikhil Mandla, Akhil Vedi and As­tan Hamid

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