Our Wildlife Garden
Children in Eagles Class 2021 felt so passionately about the environment they were determined to do something to help. They started a science topic on habitats in lockdown that developed into a year long project to design and build our own wildlife garden, to encourage biodiversity in our school grounds. This involved writing persuasive letters to environmentalists and local charities and companies for support and entering competitions for grants and equipment. They won a grant from Learning through Landscapes charity, which provided equipment and training for staff to support the project and in July 21 the project was awarded funding from Horsham re-wilding project.
The letters the children wrote during lockdown enlisted support from our local Sussex Wildlife Trust group who have visited the project several times to give us practical help and advice. One child also received a handwritten personal response from Sir David Attenborough wishing us well on the project. The children designed and built all the features for the garden themselves, calling on the help of teachers' partners and parents for woodworking workshops. Our staff are passionate about the environment and two of our teaching assistants were particularly instrumental in supporting the project; Mrs Ward, our gardening expert and Mr Moore, our nature expert. The whole school community got involved with the garden.
The Wildlife Garden Construction
UPDATE 2022 - This year Falcons Class have had a turn at looking after the Wildlife Garden. They have planted English bluebells, forget-me-nots and trees for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. They have made a Hedgehog Highway and although the garden is left mainly wild, they have helped keep key areas clear, like the micro pond.
Wildlife Garden 2022