Work Skills students at Archway School would like to thank Stroud and Rodborough Educational Trust, Giffords Circus and Stroud Town Council Rangers for helping them to create a nature garden.
The students have worked in partnership with them to provide an outdoor space that will benefit existing and future students, giving them a comforting place in which to appreciate nature, relax, reflect and socialise with friends.
Stroud and Rodborough Educational Trust provided the funds to cover the cost of raw materials and plants required to make the nature garden a reality.
Stroud Town Council Rangers contributed their time and expertise to: build a raised flowerbed, lay wild meadow turf, plant a hedgerow and install a mature rowan tree.
They also assembled a circular bench, which was kindly donated by Giffords Circus around the rowan tree providing an attractive focal point to the garden.
The year 9, 10 and 11 Work Skills students have really enjoyed being part of this project; they worked hard in teams to restore old planters and plant spring bulbs before Christmas last year.
During the spring and summer terms they: created bug hotels, grew plants from seeds and nurtured seedlings to grow: strawberries, tomatoes, lilies, sunflowers, cornflowers and marguerites.
The project will continue to provide a valuable opportunity to learn essential skills, and just as importantly, this partnership has enabled our students to appreciate the significance of community projects and leaves a legacy for future students to enjoy.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “A big part of the Rangers’ role in Stroud is to engage with the community and encourage people to create environmentally friendly and sustainable areas in the town.
“It’s so important to work with young people who will be the next custodians of our planet and to instil in them a love of nature and an understanding of how a garden can benefit the environment and bring calm to a stressful world.”