Working pro-bono alongside the inspirational teacher, Mrs Morgan, Art transformed an unloved and overgrown area of ‘garden’ to create a buzzing, wildlife-friendly outdoor classroom with themed study beds, seating, and mini-meadow, to complement the thriving school kitchen garden.
With the help of a regular small crew of child labourers (and their parents) at weekends, the garden project grew and the space assumed important new roles: As breakout space for children with special needs, staff chill out, PTA events venue, a science lab and maths workshop. It became home to frogs, newts, toads, bumble bees and stag beetle and cockchafer larvae.
The two gardens were commended by the RHS and used as an exemplar for other schools, and kitchen produce and plants grown by the children and sold at summer fairs and PTA events raised money for compost and materials - making it financially viable through ‘austerity era’ financial pressures.
Client: Hampton Hill Junior School
Head teacher: Mr Jerman
Client's Representative: The amazing Mrs Morgan
Contractor: The children and parents of HHJS
With thanks to RHS Wisley