As part of the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award, Millbrook Primary School in Freshbrook is developing a sensory garden, including fruit trees, an activity trail, raised beds for growing vegetables, a wildflower meadow, willow structures and a central sculpture.
In December David Boase from Swindon Commercial Services supervised the planting of eight fruit trees donated by Great Western Community Forest. Staff, parents, PTA and children from the school gardening club joined in to create the orchard which will provide fruit for the pupils in years to come.
Funding for the sensory garden came from the parent and friends association, as well as the pupils’ own efforts in raising over £800 from an enterprise challenge.
The project has involved pupils from all age groups and interests. Foundation stage children built a bug hotel, and older pupils made wind-chimes for the area.
Commenting on the value of green spaces on our doorsteps David said: “We need to make the most of the green spaces around us because of the benefits to bio-diversity and well-being.”
Call David about tree planting and establishing natural wildlife habitats at your school on 01793 490150.
Pictured: David Boase with Millbrook children, teachers and parents.