Forest school club took over the reception playground on Friday, adorning the trees with bird feeders and making the finishing touches to the new music wall.
Category Archives: Outdoor Structures Club
The School Orchard
Forest School Area
As with the vegetable and bug garden, the forest school area became quite wild and overgrown during the summer holidays. We took this opportunity to rearrange the area creating a much larger whittling circle next to the elder tree, a more central fire circle to avoid the overhanging branches and we have also allocated an area where we can create a bog garden or pond dependant on funding.
Forest Area Hide
Year 2 trying out the pizza oven
We have built a biodegradable home for insects, using old wooden pallets and tubing. To finish off, we will be filling the gaps with sticks, straw, leaves, pine cones etc to encourage the local bugs to move in.
An update on the Roof Garden
Update on the new veggie garden.
A few months ago we decided to move our original veggie garden to a sunnier position. The trees around the original site were causing a problem with the amount of shade and their ever increasing root systems. We were also very keen to increase the amount of raised beds so that each class would be able to enjoy the area and grow their own crops. We were lucky to be given 8 tonnes of free soil from the Higgins building site, around the corner from our school. This was great as we have very limited funds. As you can see in previous posts, it took several weeks of lunch time clubs to move the soil into the beds. We cleared out the larger stones and pottery from the soil and found chunks of chalk which the children collected to use on the playground.
We have in addition to the veggie garden created an orchard. This will be an ongoing project with trees being planted by the reception children as they join the school each year. At the moment we have 3 pear and 3 apple trees, along with several fruit bushes blackberries, raspberries and loganberries. As you can see from the photo, this is a work in progress.
The First Pizza