In the spring term we began to design and make a garden for The Den. After clearing brambles from a large area we started to plant bulbs and seeds to provide flowers for the garden and food for the bees.
Led by a Student Ambassador there were some garden design and planting workshops
We dug a flower bed to create a wildlife border to encourage bees
and then we had a hilarious time adding manure (horse poo) which was smelly and sticky
Everyone had a chance to join in the design of the garden and each person had a chance to make a presentation of their ideas and then a collective decision was made, taking elements from each design
We planted some seeds for the garden in a cold frame
The soil is nice and healthy with plenty of wriggly worms
Then we went to the Garden Centre to choose Bee-loving plants that had a cheerful mix of pinks and red colours
and a Bee loved the soooo much it came and landed on them!
after we had made the wildlife bed, we took delivery of a lorry load of turf and we began to lay he lawned area which was an instant transformation!
Its going to be a great space - so calm and pretty
We wanted to make the Tall Trees Allotment area more appealing and accessible to all, so we decided to make a Fire Pit and surround so that we could end our busy day toasting crumpets and chatting about our day. We began by going on an expedition to the woods to harvest some trees to make the pergola and surround.
Once the resources were back at the site we started making the fire pit with branches
We built it up slowly layering logs and pegging them in with stakes we whittled
we sourced some logs to make the uprights for the benches
and we aded them to the pit surround and then added our wonderful funky chairs that we made with student Ema
Don't they look GREAT!
We had a masterclass from Jane in lighting fires using the one-minute-fire technique
and soon everyone was up to speed in being able to light a fire from a fire-steel and some shavings
As the weather is always the main talking point of every day we decided we wanted to make a weather station so we set up a crate on an exposed corner of the fence - and yes you guessed it - it is raining!
Each person was given an element of the weather station to create
starting with the barometer by adding a pressurised tube into water in a beaker and measuring the bubble rising and falling in the tube
Next we made an Humidity gague by stealing a long strand of hair from a student! As the humidity increases the hair tightens and raises up the plastic indicator
Then we made an Anometer to test the wind speed out of paper cups and a pencil
The we needed a compass so that we could check the wind direction
and a weather vane
readjusting the barometer
Drawing up a weather diary for the data
Installing the Anometer
we added a thermometer so we can check the minimum and maximum temperature and a rain guague so we can measure the rainfall
Making our first record and surprise surprise there is rain in the guauge already!