Outdoor Learning

The Pines acquired the allotment at Marsh Hill Allotments July 2018.

Through the tireless efforts of our Parent Governor, Tracey O’Brien we made contact with Alan Gardner, Channel 4’s “The Autistic Gardener” who designed the layout of the plot for us and has agreed to continue to support us with this project.

We were incredibly grateful and thankful to Malcolm McDermott of McDermott Construction. who generously agreed to complete the works according to Alan’s design free of charge.

Work commenced on the plot on Wednesday 16th January 2019 and was completed on Tuesday 12thFebruary 2019 to a very high standard. It exceeded all of our expectations! It truly is a work of art and an amazing space for our pupils. Please visit the school tour page to view some amazing pictures!

We have worked really hard as a school to raise money to contribute to the costs for a new shed. We have held a Christmas raffle, received a generous donation from St Nicolas’ school and have had donations sent in from parents.

The allotment is an ongoing venture and one that we hope will enable our pupils to enjoy the great outdoors, appreciate where food comes from and support and work within the local community. We even have plans to be able to use or produce in the near future.

Already the allotment has been well used with a cohort of pupils accessing the site in February and planting out very first strawberry plants.

We used the allotment as the focus for Science week in March and every class went to the allotment with parents coming to support.  This was a fantastic event and an amazing way to launch the Pines school allotment.

We have recently gained the RHS Level One schools gardening certificate. Please follow the link below if you would to see what is involved to achieve this award and how we will be working to gain the next level.

We will continue to keep you updated with regards to our allotment and the plans we have for the future.  Please keep checking back here to follow the allotment as it grows.  We will be continually fund raising to keep adding resources to make the plot as successful as we can make, so do get in touch if you have any ideas. Our place at the allotment will give a higher profile in this community and bring lots of new skills and opportunities for our pupils.

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/School-gardening-awards/school-gardening-awards-level-1