Neighbours come to nurture Freshwater’s garden

WORKfresh3 is under way on creating outdoor education spaces at a school, thanks to a volunteer gardener.

Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, put out an appeal for help from the community to turn its extensive grounds into useable working areas for pupils.

Neighbour Maria Kennedy has come forward and started work clearing a section of ground, along with site manager Graham Smith.
They plan on creating an allotment, wildlife area and social stage in among the pond and apple trees which already exist.

Mrs Kennedy, who has a small garden and an allotment of her own, said: “We are working at the moment to clear the area as it has become very overgrown. I have already found wonderful apple trees and other bushes which are good for attracting bees and butterflies. I will bring in other plants from my garden for the children to plant, too.

“I have two grandchildren who I have been teaching to grown tomatoes, potatoes, onions and strawberries. They are so excited.

“I would like the children at Freshwaters to learn more about gardening and nature with me. I have worked as a gardener in the past and love to create things and see plants and food grow.”

Connor Reeves, seven, said: “I have not got a garden at home so I love working on the garden at school.”

Acting headteacher Marios Solomonides is keen for all children to have access to outdoor learning environments.

He said: “I would like to develop areas for children to take part in gardening and growing vegetables, as well as a wildlife area around our pond for them to learn in. I want lots more outdoor learning.”

If you would like to help the school with its projects, by volunteering your time and expertise or by donating plants, contact Amanda Forrow on [email protected]

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