Beckingham: New gardening area opened for primary school

Beckingham Primary School PTFA and pupils celebrated two years of successful fundraising by inviting parents and supporters of the school

garden project to the official opening of the newly created garden.

The opening of a new gardne at Beckingham Primary School. Fiona Martin, the Chair of the PTFA opens the garden.

The opening of a new gardne at Beckingham Primary School. Fiona Martin, the Chair of the PTFA opens the garden.

The garden opening was part of the school’s Summer Fair and pupils entertained the visitors by singing songs and performing on the guitar.

Following on from a successful Auction of Promises and other fundraising events at Beckingham Primary School the PTFA was awarded £9,500 from the Lottery Awards 4 All Grant as well as £435 from the Co-op Community Champions Programme and £100 from the Nottingham Wildlife Trust which all went towards the garden area.

With a lot of help, expert advice and support from local clubs and businesses, the school children have formed an after-school gardening club and with a little help from parents and teachers, have set seeds in newly built raised beds and started their own vegetable patch.

Then it was on with thewellies and waders as the pupils set up a nature pond, with newly planted trees and shrubs, creating a bug wildlife area and bug hotel, providing pond dipping and decking study areas.

The final task for the area will be establishing a weather station and storytelling arena.