In Stoke Newington School, class 7N worked together to re-open the school garden. They were trying to complete the Water Explorer challenge "Grow it yourself," and succeeded. Over the years the garden in SNS became very neglected and unused. So this class made it their mission to bring it back to life by reopening the SNS school garden. After only one day of digging and planting, the garden had a new plot of hazlenut trees, a bed of various herbs like oregano and sage, and vegetables like potatoes in the ground and ready to grow.
Now class 7N have got into groups and each day during 'reading time' one of the groups goes down to the garden to water it. Along with the plants, there is also a little wooden box at the back of the garden which is used to house a worm farm. The worms in the worm garden are used to make compost and food for the plants.
Some farms around the world use chemicals to clean the plants, but it is not very good for our earth, especially our freshwater supply, so we use organic plant food from our worms instead. As we care for our garden very much, the SNS garden team do not use any chemicals in the plantings. We are now aiming to get a bee hive, as bees are very important and can pollinate our flowers.
We have also started a Garden Club where everyone in the school can join in caring for the garden. Our first job was to clear out the neglected greenhouse. This was a very dirty job so we had to wear gloves; we found lots of rat poo! Now the greenhouse is clear, we can start propogating new plants from seed to plant in our free beds.
Soon we are going to run a competition to design a water recycling system for the garden. This will ensure we save even more water for our planet.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk