Sherburn Primary School’s new garden project, led by Osgoldcross & Elmet Rotary. The charity is supported by local businesses, pupils, volunteers and the wider community, was unveiled last week by the school mascot, Herbie the Carrot at a family-friendly afternoon at the village school.
The garden was designed and completely refurbished, which includes an array of plants and wildlife area. It also features a plastic bottle greenhouse, made using plastic bottle waste collected by volunteers. The garden aims to teach children about nature and animals. As well as provide a calm and relaxing outdoor space, also promoting the recycling of plastic.
A local organisation committed to helping people ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ by reducing, reusing and recycling, held a stall at the event to tell the community more about ways they can reduce.
All pupils took an active role in supporting the garden, the Year 5 students and their teacher, Mr Kelly, backed by the Rotary volunteers were key in bringing the garden to life. They helped construct the bottle greenhouse, weeded bedding, planted seeds and grew vegetables.
The opening was held for those directly involved in the project, and then extended to the wider community. The sunshine and warm weather encouraged even more local support. On-the-day activities included face painting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, and mini wormery making, as well as stalls and refreshments from Year 5 pupils.
The garden was officially named by six year old pupil Isla Goldthorp, who aptly chose ‘Flora and Fauna Garden’.
Information about the project can be found on the Rotary website www.osgoldcrossrotary.org.