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School appeals for help to build sensory vegetable garden

ST MARY’S Broughton Gifford Primary School is appealing for donations to help build a new sensory vegetable garden.

Teaching assistant for years 5 and 6, Hayley Gardyj said, “We are currently preparing plans for our new school garden project. The aim of the project is to engage and educate our children in the growing, caring, harvesting, and sharing of delicious and healthy food.

“It is based on the belief that these skills and understanding are essential to the development of lifelong joyful and positive eating habits. Successful implementation of the project requires many supporters and sponsors to help build the garden.

“The project takes an innovative approach to pleasurable food education, we will be able to provide our children with access to the garden which the children will help design, build and maintain on the school grounds. They will spend time learning about plants, seeds, water management, compost and soil. They will also learn about the seasons, different vegetables, stages of growth and the connection between care in the garden and flavour on the plate.

“To anyone who is kind enough to donate, as a thank you we would like to include you on our internal and external communications. You will also be asked to join us for the opening in May where we hope to have a local TV presenter come and open the garden.”

The list of items required for the garden project are: shingles, sowing pots and seed trays, compost, seeds, bulbs and shrubs, cedar purpose-built raised beds, several small child-sized watering cans, two wheelbarrows, potato growing bags, various sized terracotta pots, tools such as rakes, hoes, forks, spades, small spray bottles, sensory plants such as: love in the mist, chameleon plant, swiss chard, heuchera, spearmint, rosemary, chives, sweet basil, pot marigold, curry plant, lavender, chocolate cosmos, stocks, lemon scented geranium, fountain grass and silver sage, several garden trellises and climbing plants.

“The children’s wish list for the garden include; pergola to walk under as you enter the garden, two garden benches, a large polycarbonate green house, two bird tables, a large bird seed dispenser/holder, solar powered water feature and solar powered fairy lights.

“The children and I will be eternally grateful to any local support for our primary school and thank you in advance,” said Hayley.

For more information about the project or to donations, please contact Hayley Gardyj at hgardyj@ broughtongifford.wilts. sch.uk or 07912 857970.

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