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New garden space for Church of England school after grant won




After becoming overgrown and a “waste of space”, an area of land at a village primary school has been converted into a new garden for pupils to enjoy.

Flitcham Church of England Primary Academy won a £2,000 grant from Tesco to construct the new space which was opened last Friday.

The new garden includes an area where the children can grow vegetables as well as a quiet space for sitting, watching birds and eating lunch.

Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Pupils and guests in the new garden. (11950778)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Pupils and guests in the new garden. (11950778)

Headteacher Jane Gardener said it had been a real community effort when constructing the garden with parents and local businesses on board.

She said: “This has been in the making for the last year or so. It was a complete waste land before.

“It was like a jungle with the weeds a metre and a half high. There was uneven ground and an old pond, so it’s been turned into something very usable.

Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy. (11950855)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy. (11950855)

“It really enhances the grounds through the hard work of the pupils. It shows them what can be achieved if they persevere with something.”

She thanked all the Flitcham families and PTA team for donating things for the garden and for helping out during a ground force day.

Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Pupils in the garden with the bird feeders are LtoR, Isabel Morris (year 1) and Charlotte Kenny (year 2). (11950738)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Pupils in the garden with the bird feeders are LtoR, Isabel Morris (year 1) and Charlotte Kenny (year 2). (11950738)

Among the companies who supported the effort were B&Q, West Acre Nurseries, Sandringham Gardens, Kew Grass Care, JR Landscapes, SER Grounds Maintenance and DMG Timber

The Hipperson family donated £230 for the garden, while LIV Architects donated £250.

A willow dome will also be added to the space in the winter.

Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Head Teacher Jane Gardener with pupils and the new garden. (11950818)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Head Teacher Jane Gardener with pupils and the new garden. (11950818)

At the moment, it has polytunnels for planting with a variety of vegetables such as broad beans, tomatoes, carrots and peppers being grown.

The children then sell the vegetables to parents at the end of the school day.

Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Opening ceremony performed by Justine Clark (Tesco Gaywood Store Manager and Main Sponsor) and school pupils. (11950817)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Opening ceremony performed by Justine Clark (Tesco Gaywood Store Manager and Main Sponsor) and school pupils. (11950817)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Daisy Hipperson (year 2) in the garden. (11950777)
Official opening of the new garden at Flitcham CofE Primary Academy..Daisy Hipperson (year 2) in the garden. (11950777)


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