Back at the beginning of May, parents, children and staff from Simon Balle All-through School, Hertford, gathered together for their first ‘Satur-dads’ and ‘Super-mums’ event. The aim of the morning was to strengthen not only the primary community but also the outdoor area that the children love so much.
Eileen, Robinsons GardenCare, found the blank canvas of space in the garden, and took it on as a project. She sourced materials, helpers and co-ordinated the day, giving parents tasks to complete with a 'how to guide' on what they were doing.
It turned out to be a really good day with lots of parents turning up to help. Robinsons GardenCare donated over £500 towards the project, and Eileen managed to get a further £300 from local businesses and the school PSA funded £500.
The parents helped to build a bug hotel, they painted and covered cable reels for ‘small world’ play and draw on to encourage mark making, the shed was painted and posts were concreted in to use as den poles. A garden games area was created with log seats and boards. A mud kitchen was developed, extended and then set within a boundary of raised beds filled with plants to attract wildlife. Old wellies were planted with flowers and hung around the boundary of the fence. In giant tubs, an apple tree was planted and a fairy garden and knights castle was set up as an adventure garden for the children to enjoy another small world experience.
The garden has now developed further with more 'bugs and beasties' wigwams being made with ranches and twigs, all very natural encouraging children to explore outdoors.
To find out more about Robinsons GardenCare, visit their website at http://www.robinsonsgardencare.co.uk/