At the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, students at Pinner Wood School planted the first seeds of their ‘wonder garden’ outdoor learning space.
Fast forward to July 2021 and the garden has flourished into a bio-diverse, multi-faceted and aesthetically pleasing outdoor learning space for pupils of all year groups.
The special garden, thought up by The Friends of Pinner Wood, includes a decked stage with circular seating for theatre in the round, a forest area with a pergola and fire pit, an orchard with adjoining meadow and recycled tractor tyres filled with vegetables and herbs that the children have grown.
One pupil said: “We have learned that together we are polluting, ruining and destroying the earth. Alternatively, together we can change everything. We don’t have to pave our way to extinction. Together we can put words into action, live in harmony with nature, together we can live on a beautiful green sustainable planet.”
Generous parents have donated trees, shrubs, bulbs, seeds, garden equipment and bedding plants. Teachers and staff are making the most of the wonder garden, hosting meetings in the garden and a team of keen gardeners in years 5 and 6 water and tend the plants each day.
By September the garden will include an outdoor classroom, a pond and a teepee for students and staff to enjoy.