This academic year we will be working hard to develop an area of unused grassland into a thriving garden for use by the whole school community.

The Plan

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FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

One third of the garden will be designated as growing space. Smaller and larger allotment spaces will sit alongside greenhouses and sheds, all to help us learn how to grown and manage crops.

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REFLECTION AND MEDITATION

Not just for cathedrals and stately homes, we look forward to creating our own large-scale labyrinth, to offer students and staff a unique and calm way to pray and reflect.

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WILDFLOWERS AND NATURE

Allowing space for wildlife and insects to flourish is such an important part of any balanced outside space. The chaplaincy garden will be no different, and areas will be left intentionally untouched for this purpose.


Growth Updates

October 2019

  • With thanks to the Woodland Trust, over 150 saplings were planted along the perimeter of the land.

November

  • The garden plan is finalised and approved with thanks to the Royal Horticultural Society and Katie’s Garden for their input.

December

  • Additional hedgerows are planted in the garden to eventually give some screening.

January 2019

  • A plastic and pollution day at Felixstowe Academy was the perfect opportunity to launch the Garden to staff and students.

February 2019

  • Garden Club launched! Over 75 registered an interest in Garden Club, and 20 turned up in high winds to our first ever meeting.

March 2019

  • Digging out the pond commences, and tools continue to be donated from kind members of the local community

April 2019

  • Our first Garden Open Day attracts a team of 5 helpful volunteers from the local community.

  • Guttering was added to an existing corrugated roof, meaning we can now harvest rainwater and store it in our water butts.

  • New signage acts as a great welcome to everyone visiting the garden.

May 2019

  • Construction of the poly tunnel means we now have somewhere warm and dry for our seedlings and young plants.

  • Our second Garden Day attracts 8 volunteers from the local community and repairs the poly tunnel after storm damage.

June 2019

  • The digging of the wildlife pond was helped along by a JCB and the liner laid.

  • The pond is filled and a variety of plants, reeds and lilies are added.

  • Students landscape the surrounding area of the pond and discover the wildlife living there!

  • Fencing constructed around the pond during our third Open Day.

  • The labyrinth is mowed into the grass and looks amazing!

 

Awards

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Level Two RHS School Gardening Award- May 2019

Contribution to School Gardening Award- June 2019

Level Three RHS School Gardening Award- July 2019


Garden Open Days

No more planned for 2019. Check back soon!

Click ‘Help us create’ if you would like to donate.


 

Created with generous funding from:

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Might you have garden tools or resources you could donate?