Wednesday, 20 September 2017

School wants to renovate overgrown garden

School wants to renovate overgrown garden

A SCHOOL is appealing for help to renovate its garden for pupils.

The garden at Nettlebed Community School was created when the school was rebuilt in 2006 in memory of headteacher Rosemary Moore, who died in 2001 while in post.

But now it is overgrown and looks untidy, so the children don’t use it.

The school needs about £3,500 to carry out the renovation work and has been chosen as one of three causes to benefit from Henley Tesco’s “Bags of Help” scheme this month.

Customers drop a token in a donation box at the supermarket off Reading Road and the beneficiaries receive either £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000 according to how many tokens they receive.

Julia Williams, a teaching assistant who is spearheading the project, said the refurbished garden would add to the school’s natural beauty. “We are very blessed with our natural environment,” she said. “We have a fantastic playground and walled garden and we just need this to top it off.”

The garden will be cleared and then landscaped by specialists during the Easter holidays.

A plaque honouring Mrs Moore, who worked at the school for nine years, will be retained.

Mrs Williams, who lives in Russell’s Water, said: “The children and the community have worked maintaining the garden over the years but it has become overgrown.

“It is too much of a job for children and staff to keep under control so we want to do a complete overhaul.

“We would put a path down and get some grass round it so in good weather children can use it for learning or go to sit quietly. We hope to have some troughs so each class can do some planting.”

Headteacher Stella Cranston said: “This is part of the long-term plan for the school to provide more outdoor learning. We run clubs here and this could provide the opportunity for more.”

The other beneficiaries of the Tesco scheme include Badgemore Primary School in Henley, which will use its money for an outdoor science project.

Governor Tuc Ahmad said: “It’s part of doing up the grounds and making it a more stimulating environment.”

Last month the school in Hop Gardens won a £10,000 grant from Tesco for a beekeeping project and refurbishment of a wildlife pond.

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is the company’s way of redistributing the money made from selling 5p carrier bags.

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