Nailsworth: a Britain in Bloom GOLD winner (2019)
The idea for the community garden started in 2016 when the school asked two parents to restore the derelict pond behind Phoenix play area. Clearing it was a slow process. Early in 2019, Richard Blackwell and Nailsworth Rotary built the raised beds in the shape of the letters F and G, representing Forest Green. In spring the first seeds were planted: beans, spinach, cabbage, courgettes, strawberries, blackberries, herbs, garlic and onions. These were harvested by children and were prepared and eaten for school dinners in September.
Five families, School Garden Ambassadors and Nailsworth in Bloom are supporting the care and growth of the gardening plot.
In March 2020, Bee Keeper, Heather Moore visited the Year 2 class and showed them how to make a bee hotel. This year there is a managed compost heap and the beginning of a poly tunnel. We hope to grow salad plants in 2021.
There are always small tasks to do: weeding, digging, picking, watering and planting. Please do contact the school if you would like to help (both picking and eating) the fruit, vegetables and herbs.