From little acorns …

Bell Baxter High School‘s Department of Additional Support (DAS) have been busy this term in their wellbeing garden – tending to plants, the veg patch and their pallet gardens. They have been sowing out more seeds and new seedlings and weeding – there is ALWAYS weeding!

We first visited to look at what was then an unused and unloved patch of land in the summer of 2021. We were delighted to be able to support the school’s project from our community fund and were thrilled to see how the project has been developed.

The children have been on a visit to Caulders Garden Centre to buy some plants which have added a real splash of colour to the bench planters.

They have marked out paths and prepared the ground ready for a delivery of aggregate. 

During the school’s STEM Challenge time, some of their young people re-cycled and used plastic bottles to create wind spinners and also made bug-hotels! Speaking of bug hotels, some fellow pupils in ASN are supporting the development of the garden by constructing a bug hotel using pallets and other recycled materials. With the support and guidance of Bell Baxter’s CDT Department, S4 boys continue to work hard building our pallet bench.

On the school’s visit to Caulders, their Plant Manager (Robert) was on hand to share some of his knowledge about suitable plants for the mindfulness area within the DAS garden.

The children thought about plants that would be nice to look at, smell, touch, listen to in the wind and taste … so bought some red, white and blue bedding plants to add a splash of Jubilee colour, grasses for movement, two conifers to add height to the bench planters and lavender for scent as well as mint and parsley for our herb area.

They also bought some poppy seeds and plants for their pallet gardens and some wild flower seeds which they will scatter to encourage bees, butterflies and other insects to visit.

We will keep all posted on the progress being made at the garden.

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Thanks for reading!