Axminster Primary Academy creates a new garden space

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 30 November 2017

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3710. Picture: Terry Ife

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3710. Picture: Terry Ife

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Volunteers help to transform a large outdoor space into a creative environment for pupils

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3696. Picture: Terry IfeAxminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3696. Picture: Terry Ife

Pupils, staff and parents at Axminster Primary Academy have been busy creating a new garden area.

They have been transforming a large outdoor site into a more suitable space to aid learning through play in a creative environment.

Early Years staff have been generating sponsorship for the garden project.

And on Thursday they arranged a volunteer day when they were joined by parents, carers, Year 6 pupils and the reception children to work on the land.

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3700. Picture: Terry IfeAxminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3700. Picture: Terry Ife

Today (Wednesday, November 29) at 2pm, the garden area will be officially opened with all the helpers invited to attend including local firms Mole Avon, Westcrete and Bradfords, the school’s PTFA and parents, carers and pupils.

Reception class teacher Ursula Powell, whose husband Stacey spent many hours on the project, said the children were making bunting, decorations and banners for the grand opening, and baking cakes – “a true celebration of all the goodwill and generosity of several local businesses and the support of parents, carers and the PTFA.”

Jonathan Jevons, a music teacher from Axe Valley Academy has arranged for some of his Y8 pupils to perform Taiko (Japanese drums) and Y10 pupils to perform steel pans during the grand opening.

Paying tribute to the garden project helpers Ursula said:

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3702. Picture: Terry IfeAxminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3702. Picture: Terry Ife

“Mole Avon, through manager Simon Prager, have been incredible and generous in their support for this project. They have supplied us with thirty five, 100 litre bags of bark, seven wooden planters of various sizes, two children’s wheelbarrows, two trays of plants and flowers, two large bags of compost, tubing to aid play and a can of paint for our benches.

Bradfords, via manager Dean Hodder, have provided us with several pallets to use as storage for our construction area and a bulk bag of gravel for our new digger pit.

Westcrete have provided us with a bulk bag of pebbles to create a dry river bed around our ‘wobbly bridge’ and membrane. The PTFA (Julie Beviss lead) at our school have funded £1,100 worth of bark to cover 22 cubic metres!

Stacey Powell has generously given of his time to make a large mud kitchen that has already become very popular with our reception children, and has spent several hours prepping the various areas.

Axminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3707. Picture: Terry IfeAxminster primary school's garden project, volunteer day. Ref exe 47 17TI 3707. Picture: Terry Ife

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