The story so far
As part of our learning about Japan, Otter class discovered lots of things about Japanese Gardens. Each child designed their very own garden. and we decided to ask if we might be able to make our own real life garden in the school grounds.
We presented our ideas to Miss Charnock and explained why we thought making a garden would add so much to our learning experience. The children were so happy when she said YES!
We applied for a grant from The Japanese Society who provide small grants for projects around the country and were successful.
Otter class are now fundraising to match the grant money by doing chores at home and we have had some very generous pledges for materials aswell as sponsorship! Thank you to everyone and watch this space for news about how our plans are progressing.
Update June 2021:
Well a lot of things have happened since I last wrote. Our fundraising has hit an amazing £1465! Which is fantastic and I am excited to say we have now started to construct our Japanese Garden!
I will post some photos of the work in progress soon!
Update July 2021
Mr Burnell and his son Leo have been so generous with their time, helping us to get the sleepers for the site and setting them safely into position. They used the leftover bits to make some benches too! When our wooden arch arrived they also assembled this for us and fixed it into position. Thank you to them both for all their help.
Mrs Gravett came in to school at the crack of dawn on several occasions to supervise the gravel deliveries and the children made light work of spreading the stones and sand onto areas of the site. Mrs Moore got hold of some stepping stones which completed the pathway.
We have had some generous donations of pots, plants and the monolith stones which stand in the sandy area of the site, from parents and staff alike.
Gardening club helped to get some of our plants settled into their new homes (Thanks to Mrs Burnell, Mrs Venner and co!)
We hope to continue to make some additions to our garden next year. Watch this space for updates.
Without the generosity of our school community this project wouldn't have been possible so thank you to everyone involved.