What we are?
Our Gardening Club is held every Friday during School term time and the fee is £5 per child for each full term. It has been aimed at Reception and KS1 during the Spring and Summer terms of 2014 but the aim is to expand this more fully into KS2 for the next academic year.
What have our children been up to so far?
This year they have created some fantastic flower beds in our main playground, with an eye watering mix of summer bedding plants, cottage garden favourites and hanging baskets. Amongst the Marigolds, Cosmos and Sunflowers the children have also planted numerous vegetables including: Leeks, Cucumbers, Strawberrys, Courgettes and Sweetcorn!
Within our large poly-tunnel the children have also been learning some basic propogation techniques and been doing some fantastic art work too!
So this is more than just a Gardening Club?
The aim is to foster an interest in the outdoors for our children throughout the year so depending on the season and conditions we will be either doing gardening, out door art or perhaps just looking at the wonders of nature.
Our biggest project to date
….has been our memorial garden and our entry into the Ryde in Bloom. The memorial garden has a mix of formal and non formal planting including a wildflower and Poppy mix. It sits next to the poly- tunnel and aims to remember those who have fallen in conflict but with emphasis on the First World War and one local man in particular who died in the conflict aged just 27. We hope that this garden will help encourage children to reflect on past events. However, not forgeting the future children from year six have decorated one corner with their wishes for the next 100 years!
Judges from the Ryde in Bloom competition visited our gardens on 15th July 2014 and were given a warm welcome by a selection of children from the gardening club. In addition to the Commemorative Garden the judges were also interested in our Sun Flowers which have been grown as part of the Going For Gold competition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Britain in Bloom Competition. We will know the results of these competitions in early September however, regardless of the outcome I think everyone will be impressed by just how wonderful our gardens now look and what an amazing job the children of Haylands School have done!