We now have several different gardens in school, including a memorial garden, a sensory garden, vegetable beds for each of the colleges (just planted up with onions and garlic for the winter) and inclusion, a herb garden with a bed designed by each college and a terrace leading down to the trim trail, along with a greenhouse and a gardening room. We have also just finished a large scale spring bulb planting project.
The gardens are for everyone to share and benefit from, so now we are looking to see what you want to use them for in lessons. If anyone would like to use of any of the gardens for a single lesson, a series of lessons or a special project, please contact Alan Hardy, the school gardener, at email@example.com
Above you can see the sensory garden in the foreground, the memorial garden behind, and at the back, the greenhouse and gardening room, with the vegetable beds and herb garden.
Projects in progress include a wildflower meadow, a post 16 garden, the possibility of pond dipping, a large bug hotel, the jubilee oak planting at the front of school, a large scale tree planting project, a school vegetable growing show, various competitions, a harvest festival, and many more. If there is anything you would like to see happen, or get involved with, again contact Alan Hardy, the school gardener, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to me in school.
This is where we are planting the wild flower meadow ..................... and here is where we are hoping to be able to organise pond dipping.
The official presentation to the school of the £1000 cheque won by Ms Higgins and the team for the Green Guardians Award from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Tuxford Academy won the First Steps to Sustainability category for fledgling green projects in the Notts Wildlife Trust's Green Guardians awards.
The Trust chose to recognise the 11-18 school's achievement in creating a pupil-managed herb garden which supplies the academy's kitchens and food technology classrooms.
Green Guardians sponsor Novozymes, a Nottingham-based enzyme manufacturer, awarded the school £1,000 to go towards future environmental projects. "The First Steps category recognises projects in their early stages. The herb garden is very sustainable - it has a purpose, which is to feed into the kitchens and classrooms. It teaches the pupils good food morals," said the trust's Erin McDaid. Each of the school's 'colleges' has been allocated their own patch in the garden. "It's not just about the sustainability of the venture - it also has a commercial aspect. The school has a herb supply all year round and it helps teach students about the food chain," added Novozymes managing director Steve Garland.
Tuxford Academy staff were delighted to receive the award. "It's fantastic that our pupils' time and effort has been acknowledged. There is potential to develop a whole range of gardens here and to create links with the community," said headteacher Geoff Lloyd. "It is important to understand where food comes from." The grant money will go towards developing environmental schemes at the school site such as the sensory garden, allotments, pond, bio-diversity area, bug hotels and bird boxes.