Haveley Hey Wildlife Garden
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Karen Brown, Business Manager, Haveley Hey Primary School
I have enjoyed regular contact from the Sow the City team - invaluable advice, and enthusiasm for the project.
Sow the City transformed an unused area of Haveley Hey Primary School into a wildlife garden with a pond and raised beds. Now newts, frogs and damselflies visit the garden – a real life classroom for the students to discover and learn in.
We worked in consultation with staff, parents and students at Haveley Hey Primary School to develop a design to transform an unused area of school grounds into an allotment, orchard, pond, paths and wildlife garden.
The garden was designed to be a fun and educational space for children to learn about growing fruit and vegetables and get the chance to experience wildlife.   The new garden was landscaped with gentle slopes and woodchip paths for the students to explore and discover. A large wildlife pond was dug and created with native planting. We wanted to keep the environmental impact of the construction to a minimum so all raised beds were built with sustainably managed timber and recycled materials. As part of the project a storyteller’s chair and benches were installed in one corner of the garden. The furniture was provided by a local green wood worker using sweet chestnut timber harvested from Kenworthy Wood in Manchester. An unused area of land was transformed into an attractive and productive garden that is now a haven for wildlife and the school has now successfully grown and harvested a variety of fruit and vegetables and used the garden for many curriculum based activities.
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