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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Active Allotments

Yes its that time of year again! Digging and preparing the allotments in March is always a lot of hard work but is also heaps of fun! 

 Off over the fields to harvest Hazel rods for bean sticks

 What a lovely day!

Creative Garden

Creative Garden Project

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

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fire Crackers!

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

Crumpets - yum yum

Spring Garden