Belmont's Garden Project
Garden Letter 2018 and wish list
All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for the strawberry plants, pots, tools and seeds that have been donated so far. We’ve also had a damson, fig, olive and orange tree given to the school garden, along with a magnificent apple tree donated from a back garden! Below are the plans for our garden project. They are a guide and are subject to change.
Phase 1 (starting now)
Phase 2 (after playground/drainage works)
Our old car park is being transformed into a garden classroom. The aim is to provide our pupils with a natural environment where they can grow fruit and vegetables. The food produced will then be cooked by the children in Forest School and served in our canteen. Outdoor learning has been shown to improve well-being and we hope to use the space for other outdoor leaning activities such as reading, art and science. Our EYs and KS1 classes are named after fruits (apples, apricots etc.) and we hope to grow all of these in the garden - banana and orange will be a challenge! Our KS2 class tress are going to be grown in the Forest School area. We have been successful in achieving the Level 1 school gardening award from the RHS. Level 1 is about showing commitment to developing a space for gardening.
Year 2 Gardening
19.10.18 - Y2 have been outside today planting bulbs for the spring- alliums, daffodils and tulips were planted and we’ve got our fingers crossed that the squirrels don’t dig them up.🤞
We have moved a pear tree and cherry tree from the playground to a sunny spot at the front of school - hopefully the trees will be much happier in this new position.
We had 1000 litres of compost delivered this week, along with some large tree containers and watering cans. Picnic benches, a storage shed, bug house and wormery are all arriving after half term. A big thank you to the BHSA for funding this project.
We also had our first delivery of free used coffee grounds from Caffe Nero- thank you! 👍
We now have our very own worms working hard in their wormery. The new worms were given a couple of days to settle in and have now had their first meal of lettuce and carrots scraps from our canteen. Classes will be on a rota to check and feed the worms over the next few months.
There are two silver bins in the garden. One is for used coffee grounds and the other for vegetable scraps from the canteen. We have wooden compost bins arriving soon and then we will start using shredded paper from our classroom recycling bins to mix with the food scraps. Staffroom used teabags are also being added to the compost!
Year 1 Gardening
Year 1 took part in their first gardening lesson! They all got the chance to plant pea shoots and meet the Belmont worms! The peas shoots will be ready in a few weeks' time.
Kiwi fruit harvest!
Mrs Nicholas collected 60+ kiwi fruit from a tree in our playground so all Y2 children are bringing one home today! Can't promise they will be sweet - a few teachers taste tested them and pulled funny faces! Kiwi do ripen off the tree so keep them a week and they should be tasty. Y2 will be sketching them in class.
Year 4 Gardening
11.12.18 - Today Y4 took part in their first gardening lesson! They all got the chance to taste pea shoots that Year 1 planted a few weeks ago - yum! They also made twig trees using sticks from the forest area, got the chance to meet the Belmont worms and planted garlic. Good work, Y4!
Here are some quotes from the Y4 children...
I learnt that there is a type of worm called a tiger worm. AN
When I was doing gardening I was really shocked by all the garden materials you bought. Also I learnt so so much and I really enjoyed so much so now I can garden with my dad. YD
It was actually really fun holding the tiger worms, and I learnt that in the Belmont worm area there are more worms than students! RS
I thought it was really fun when we got to hold the worms because they tried to wriggle out of hand. I want to go every day. Thank you for the garden. LR
Year 1 Gardening Update
17.12.18 - The pea shoots that Y1 planted in their last gardening session are now ready to eat!
Before playtime... After playtime...
Another 1000 litres of top soil has arrived at school!
A very BIG THANK YOU to ex Belmont pupil, Adam Mitchell (Eira's son), who volunteers in our garden on a weekly basis. He is studying horticulture at Gunnersbury Park and has been fantastic at keeping on top of caring for all the new plants that have been arriving.
We have been successful in achieving the Level 2 school gardening award from the RHS.
9.1.19 - Y2 started off their new topic (Fighting for Survival) by making herbal remedies outdoors! Mary Seacole used the power of plants to help treat poorly/injured soldiers during The Crimean War. The children used root ginger, lemon, mint (from the garden) and a mixture of herbal teas (ginger, nettle, chamomile and sorrel).