New Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Jubilee garden

Green-fingered students have completed a 3-month project to create a productive new garden at school.

The project is one of many ongoing initiatives up and down the country to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and has received funding from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Shaun Wright-Stainton (computer science teacher) has been supporting the students alongside project lead, Mary Hewins. He said: “The DofE Diamond Jubilee funded garden has been a great opportunity for students to build their skills and experience towards their Duke of Edinburgh bronze qualification. Students from across the school including those with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) have worked incredibly hard to build raised beds, plant the garden, create bug hotels and paint-up the walls. The fruits of their labours have already included harvesting potatoes, courgettes, carrots, lettuce and onions, as well as an incredible display of blooms.”

The work has transformed a piece of barren land adjacent to the school’s Art Block which has been brought to life and can now be enjoyed by students and staff alike.

We’re keen to see new applications for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and students or parents can contact Mr Wright-Stainton for details.