Describe your project
We are a small school with approximately 60 pupils, our garden is an underutilised area which is not usable due to mud for about 3 months of the year. We would like to create a multi functional area which is usable all year around. With an outdoor classroom/ seating area ( to seat the whole school or group from the parish hall which would be about 30-50), role play or creative play area, a network of paths that will enable the area to be used all year around. A sensory area for children with autism and for promoting good mental health, an environmental area for recycling, bug huts etc and raised planters which enable pairs of children shared garden for lessons and break times. The design that we have settled on is a central hub with spoke like paths radiating outwards dividing the areas mentioned above into different sections.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Our school is a small rural school in an isolated area with no public transport - as such the school is an important resource in the local community. Our school currently hosts: A toddlers group giving breast feeding advice and self weigh to new parents in the local area; From the September we will have an out of school club which will make the school provision available to working parents and a holiday club as the one in the local village has just shut down; A preschool taking children from age 2; The local parish hall - which we use for events and vice versa - has used our site for cream teas for an RHS open garden event and would like to be able to use the garden for their events which are at least once a month including bingo, food nights and musical evenings; Finally the Sunday school has started to use our facilities for their meetings. Our garden is currently unusable for 3 months in the year due to mud and poor access. The plan is to put in paths in a spoke like design to divide the area for different uses and to enable
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The local community have volunteered hours to begin to get some of the ground works and landscaping done. This will be a large project that we are undertaking and requires the pruning and removal of overgrown or dead trees, the levelling of the ground, the landscaping of features and the paths. Our PTFA and parents typically come in to do grounds days and have volunteered time, expertise and machinery to support this.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
200 - including all parties as mentioned above, the school and its families, the local community ie the village, the preschool, the church, the toddlers
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
£2000 on wooden structure for a fort/role play area £3000 on an outdoor classroom area with shade and seating for 30 which can double as a stage when needed £1000 on a hanging set of musical instruments £500 on raised garden beds and planters with irrigation system to capture rainwater £500 on composting bins, hedgehog houses, bird houses, meadow area, water butts £2000 on sensory stimulating play equipment £1000 on extra labour as all other prices are to include instalation
When and why was your project founded?