This year, following close liaison with the Healthy Schools Co-ordinators in our four unitary authorities, Avon Gardens Trust invited primary schools to apply for small grants that would help to enhance their school gardening projects.
Of the seven schools who applied, two were from Bristol, one from Bath, three from North Somerset and one from a village in South Gloucestershire.
All the schools had active gardening clubs most of which met on a weekly basis. Apart from one school, all were planning to use their grant from the Trust to purchase either vegetable seeds and plug plants or fruit trees. The exception was Kewstoke School near Weston-super-Mare. This school of one hundred pupils is housed in a Victorian building with a tiny playground. Some raised beds had been built and the money was going to enhance the environment for the pupils by the purchase of bulbs and plants that would attract wildlife.
The grants of £25 each have gone some way towards helping seven schools in our area further the concept of outdoor learning.
Schools Awarded Grants in the 2011 Academic Year
- Brentry Primary, Brentry Lane, Bristol
- Christ Church CofE Primary, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
- Combe Down CofE Primary, Church Road, Bath, Bath & NE Somerset
- St Werburgh’s Primary, James Street, Bristol
- Trinity CofE Primary, Acton Turville, South Gloucestershire
- Walliscote Primary, Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
- Windwhistle Primary, Kingsley Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset