SEEDS was invited by the Headteacher to create a learning garden in a corner of the School Field. It was designed and built with a number of different contributors both Voluntary and paid for, over a period of two years by B Cotterell.
The children at Ryvers School created various habitats including a wildlife pond and bog garden, native hedges, a hazel tunnel, a woodland edge and a butterfly garden.
The Prince's Trust supplied four volunteer teams who cleared extensive areas of weeds, installed several paths and prepared an area for a wildflower meadow.
The project encouraged the children to operate as a team, appreciate hard work and adopt safe working practices while learning about the soil, plants and the creatures they encounter in the different environments.
The final area completed was an orchard garden providing opportunities for both children and wildlife to forage for fruit.
The project was helped by the Natural History Museum donating plants for the butterfly garden and rubber matting in the classroom.The project was part-financed by a grant from BAA to the school.
The School has made some recent additions of its own, embracing a Forest Schools approach.