26/4/07 – Nythe pupils are green for go!
Originally printed in the Swindon Advertiser on 26th April 2007.
Mayor, Cllr Mike Bawden opening the garden.
SCHOOL-CHILDREN are set to learn about gardening and the environment thanks to a recently completed organic garden.
Youngsters celebrated the opening of their new garden yesterday, after four months of hard work by parents, pupils and staff at Nythe Primary School.
Each pupil has already been able to plant their own bulb and watch it spring through the earth since they were planted in December.
And with the sun shining in recent weeks everyone involved is thrilled with the infant garden’s progress.
Green-fingered parent governor Geraldine Brant has been behind the project from the start – having been inspired by her own children’s enjoyment of their home garden.
Headteacher Caroline Henham said: “Children are being encouraged to eat more healthily, and to do regular exercise, and getting a garden at the school fitted in with that.
“In early years classes children are meant to be outside more as part of their education.
“Our grounds are an extension of the classroom, and the garden can be used to help teach so many things such as science and team work, as well as healthy eating and exercise.
“Geraldine has been instrumental in the project, helping teachers in this work, which has been fantastic, and the children have already had so much pleasure from it.
“It has reached a good level of development in a short period of time.”
Much of what has been included in the garden has come from donations, with the funding coming from the Scarman Trust, a Department for Education and Skills project with the European Social fund which supports community-led projects.
The land which has been transformed into the garden was a paved walkway, but now includes two child-sized picnic benches, a pergola, a compost bin, bird bath, shed and water butt.
It is hoped that vegetables will soon be planted for children to follow the whole growing process.
But the school’s green credentials do not end with a garden, as they already have a keen recycling ethos, and sensory and relaxation gardens are also in the pipeline.
I am pleased that I was able to arrange this visit by the Mayor to Nythe Primary. This follows on from the successful trip in to the Civic Offices for the school council to hold their meeting.
It was unfortunate that I was not able to attend owing to a work commitment.
My congratulations to the children, teachers and parents at the Nythe Primary for their hard work on this garden.