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ECO INITIATIVE: Garston school’s nature garden to help pupils ‘explore, learn and thrive’

 Published on: 6th April 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston school has been awarded £4,500 in funding from Watford Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Grant to create a biodiversity garden.

Work started on Cherry Tree Primary School’s new garden last month and should be completed by the end of the academic year or sooner.

The outdoor learning space will include sensory equipment to provide a place for reflection, while the wildflowers and bug homes will attract birds and bee pollinators to enhance biodiversity.

Cheska Tyler, headteacher at Cherry Tree Primary School, said: “We are excited to see this project come to life, and we look forward to the many benefits it will bring to our children, school and wider community.

“We already love learning outdoors, so we believe that this new area will enhance our opportunities for peace and reflection time, but also decrease any worries our children might have. We believe it will promote happiness and encourage our children to learn more widely using their senses, continuing to promote a love of nature for all.”

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “This school is passionate about nature and the environment. Their eco council has designed a biodiversity garden and I’m thrilled that this funding will turn the pupils’ ideas into an inspiring nature garden. This will not only enhance the local biodiversity at Cherry Tree, but also enrich the children’s outdoor learning opportunities, enabling them to explore, learn and thrive.”

The next round of funding for the Neighbourhood Grant will open for applications in summer 2023.

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