Garden ‘Ground Force’ creates school green oasis

Published: Thursday 13th April 17

Parents of Alderbrook Primary school pupils and community volunteers have transformed the school’s roof into a hidden green oasis.

Pupils enjoy their new garden

They held a ‘Ground Force’-style day to transform the roof of the Balham School from a grey concrete slab to a lush garden complete with plants, flowers and vegetables.

The garden was funded by round three of the council’s Wandsworth Grant Fund, as well as the school’s PTA and local estate agents Lauristons.

Pupils at the rapidly expanding school will be able to take part in all stages of the plant growing process  and use the garden for quiet reading sessions, art clubs and a hugely popular after school Eco Club. The garden is also regularly thrown open to the local community for Gardening Mornings that anyone can take part in.

Volunteers hard at work

Chair of the Alderbrook Eco Club, Beata Allen, said: “We've been overwhelmed by the tremendous support of our parents, pupils and members of the local community.  Alderbrook is proud to be a diverse city school, and many of our pupils have little or no access to green spaces so we are excited to be nurturing an early love and respect for all aspects of the environment.”

Chairman of the council’s grants committee Cllr Melanie Hampton said: “We’re delighted to support a project that benefits the local community and environment and provides a green space for schoolchildren through the Wandsworth Grant Fund. Well done to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.”

The Wandsworth Grant Fund considers funding for projects meeting these council priorities:

1.         Arts and Culture

2.         Environment and Attractive Neighbourhoods

3.         Children and Young People

4.         Citizenship and Civic Engagement

5.         Achieving Aspirations and Potential

6.         Health and Well being

The deadline to apply for round five funding is April 18, 2017. The deadline for the following round will be in November.

Applications receive a high level of scrutiny by councillors to ensure money is going where it is most needed and will have most benefit for the borough’s residents

Read about the recipients of round one funding

Read about the recipients of round two funding.

Read about the recipients of round three funding

Read about the recipients of round four funding

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