This week I attended a small gathering at the Bishop Road School playing field for children, families and staff to plant fruit trees, hedgerow plants and bulbs.
The gathering was organised to further develop the school’s green space and to also thank everyone who supported the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association’s recent crowdfunding campaign which raised a staggering £3,598!
This green space – which also includes an allotment classroom with raised beds for growing vegetables – is now being used for Outdoor Learning classes and other outdoor activities for children at the school.
It is an amazing space and all enjoyed getting stuck in planting the fruit trees and bulbs.
One child even discovered a small fossil while digging which the children were excited about – an example of the great learning opportunities this green space offers children.
Mr Kieboom, a teacher at Bishop Road School, has been instrumental in proceeding the improvement of the school’s outdoor space. He explains:
“These green spaces will be invaluable for teaching children the value and importance of nature. Hopefully it will inspire the next generation to preserve and protect our planet.”
The parents and teachers involved plan to continue with their fundraising to further develop the school’s green space and to buy necessary gardening tools, seeds, plants and other resources for growing things and gardening.
They also hope to inspire other local city schools to do the same in future.