The inspiration for creating the Wellbeing Garden came about during the Covid-19 lockdown. We had pupils in school during this time who wanted to do something productive and creative that would last and to create something other pupils could enjoy and use as therapy.
Before we began, there was a shed built by previous students already standing, therefore it was only fitting that we would use this as a starting point. Staff and pupils came up with a plan of what we wanted to include, with the intention to continue to develop the plot over time.
Pupils wanted the Wellbeing Garden to:
- Attract wildlife,
- Provide somewhere for pupils to sit quietly,
- Grow vegetables that we could use in Food Technology,
- Have a pond.
We began the project by clearing the land, gaining help from a small company who donated their time and a digger to help clear the space. We were lucky enough to get some wood donated from Hews & Grey; this was a big help and provided us with the materials to renovate and to start building.
A lot of pupils had the chance to get involved; moving earth, moving gravel and putting up the posts for the path. They all improved their building skills and self-esteem in the process. The pupils involved in the project are very proud of their achievements. One pupil has also planted a bush in memory of a family member who passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are continuously looking for ways to improve our Wellbeing Garden. In May 2022, we purchased a greenhouse to begin growing plants inside for scientific observations. We hope to build a seating area next to the ponds and to add some bat/ bird boxes to the surrounding trees also.
Mrs B Carroll