SEEDS - Slough Environmental Education Development Service
- In early summer 2013 SEEDS were invited to design a Wildspace at Godolphin Junior School in consultation with C Singh. (then Deputy head Teacher) The project, to transform a largely unuseable space within the grounds to create an area for environmental/creative study and for outdoor activiites.
- SEEDS had previously worked with the School installing the first two keyhole gardens.
- The project was a big challenge, but with a budget agreed and a plan of action, building began in the early part of 2014 with the installation of a fully accesible bird hide/tree house/study area for 12 children. The building was designed by B Cotterell and built by Castle Carey.
- Facilities within the garden include a pond installed by a team from the Princes Trust., A bog garden, trellis tunnel, wildflower meadow, dead hedge and a compost heap all from part of the environmental areas specifically for study. A central fire pit creates a focal point for the garden, with movaeable seating.
- Much of the hard landscaping was done by the Community payback scheme for the Thames Valley Probation Service, installing paths and gates (made by Green Man Woodcrafts) fire pit and much moving and clearing of ground. A team from Amazon helped with initial ground clearance. Assistance was also given by Volunteers and some teaching staff.
- Many of the key stage two children worked alongside the Project Manager to install the bog garden, trenches for the tunnel and the wildflower meadow. This was great opportunity for developing team working in an area which the children would feel a great investment of energy and interest.
- The School has added an area of camouflage netting/informal seating to add an element of adventure to the garden. Powerpoints have throughout the garden to facilitate all year round use and observation of wildlife.
- The garden was offically opened in May 2014.
- The garden has since been renamed Amar's Garden in remembrance of a former pupil.