Fabulous flowers for Floreat Primary School

Published: 28 October 2016

Floreat School in Earlsfield now has an eco-friendly flower garden on its grounds, planted with help from the local community.

Pupils and their families, school staff, local businesses and friends from the Anchor Church arrived with bulbs, trowels, wellies and umbrellas to work on the project, which started in July.

The theme of the flower garden is “everyone is welcome”. It is designed to be an outdoor classroom, play area and space for relaxation, imagination and friendship.

The garden includes rainbow buddy benches, fairy doors, a rainbow of bee-friendly flowers, a bug hotel, and a sensory path with dinosaur footprints and the handprints of some of the children.

Another aim of the project is to encourage recycling in the school. The path and bug hotel are built with recycled materials, while the benches are made from recycled milk bottles.

Children and staff have also started composting in the garden, and future plans include a kitchen garden where the children can grow their own produce, as well as planting around the school’s rooftop playground.

Education spokesperson Councillor Kathy Tracey praised the project: “It is wonderful to see education being brought into the outdoors, and for children to learn about recycling and the environment from an early age.

“This garden is a great addition to the school and I’m sure students will enjoy it for years to come.”

Floreat Primary School opened in September 2015 as a part of the revitalisation project on Garratt Lane, and is open to pupils of all backgrounds and abilities.

Co-chair of the Friends of Floreat Wandsworth, Victoria Boxall-Hunt, said: “The Friends of Floreat Wandsworth have been delighted to support this project. The garden is looking great, and it has been lovely to see so many parents and pupils already getting involved and enjoying building it together. We are lucky to have such a strong parent body and amazing support from the wider community”

Matthew Custance, headteacher, said: “The parents have done a tremendous job here – creating a wonderful garden space which will be a fantastic resource for the school and community. Pupils have already loved getting involved in creating the garden, building the bug hotel and learning about planting and using tools. We look forward to taking more learning into the garden and growing our own fruit and vegetables soon. “

More information about the garden project, sponsorship and donations can be found here, and the school can be contacted at floreatgarden@gmail.com