We have the privilege of having access to extensive and beautiful grounds, and we are dedicated to making them the best that they can be – both for students and for nature.
Our Biology Garden has seen huge improvements over the past few years, and, thanks to the great work of our many volunteers, is the valuable educational and ecological space it ought to be. The pond, once covered completely with algae and filled with leaf sludge, is now in a much better condition – so clean that it can now support several species of newts and frogs. The soil beds have also been totally rejuvenated, and now have many plants growing there, such as sunflowers, canon went, wildflowers, peas and radishes. It is already a much better resource for pollinators, which is especially important due to their recent decline, and with new beds being uncovered with every week that passes, its progress will certainly continue into the future.
As well as this, the garden has recently started receiving food waste from the canteen to be composted. The compost not only provides us with fertiliser, allowing the garden to be completely organic, but also creates the perfect habitat for many animals such as worms and reptiles.
We run conservation sessions on every lunchtime, and after school on Wednesdays, where students in Years 9-11 complete their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering in helping to protect and enhance this valuable natural habitat and educational resource.
I have loved having the opportunity to participate in this process, and the tangible advancements we have made fill me with hope of what is to come.
Head of the School Grounds Topic