At Greenfields we are lucky enough to have an abundance of many things...Amazing children...Wonderful staff...Hard working parents...and lots of GREEN SPACE! Therefore we are working on a project to use some of this space in a way that further increases our impact on our community. On this page, you will find updates about our Community Garden Project, Phase one of which started in May 2019, with the help of some children in Year 5 and 6, using materials donated by local businesses.
Throughout the project we will post information about our progress and seek out volunteers whenever we think we need them. More importantly, when we have made some progress towards Phase Two - Planting, we will be inviting all members of our community to get involved and benefit from the positive wellbeing that gardening brings!
TREE PLANTING PROJECT - KCC, GOLDING HOMES, MEDWAY VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE PARTNERSHIP AND GREENFIELDS GARDENING CLUB!
Greenfields Community Primary school has been incredibly lucky to be chosen for the site of over 1000 trees, across 4 sites in the grounds. At the begining of January 2023, we were finally able to hold two planting days, delayed beacuse of the snow in late 2022, with volunteers from KCC, Golding Homes and Parents, alongside our Gardening club members. The whole event was managed by the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and has been a great success! We still have a number of trees to plant across the garden area and later this year, we will be planting a new orchard in our Nursery space!
Phase Two - Preparing and Composting
Ks2 Gardening club
Some of our veteran gardeners and new recruits have been very busy after school this term. They have prepared two vegetable patches for sweet peas and pumpkins which have now been planted up. They have also been busy clearing away some of the taller grasses and weeds that came up recently in the rain/sun weather.
Ks1 Gardening club
Ks1 Gardening club got stuck in to a new project this week - Butterfly Puddling pools! Thank you to Mote Park and BBS construction for the sand and gravel. We recycled a load of classroom trays and collected larger stones and pebbles from the garden to create our little pools. They have now been installed near some of our wild flowers and tyre planters to help our winged visitors!
This steaming pile of bark has been used very expertly by the Gardening club to re-establish some of our pathways and to make newer ones as the garden expands. We have also spent a number of weeks preparing the allotment patches using some of our own compost from last year - we're hoping they'll be good to plant in during the spring!
Gardening club have also been learning about the cycle of work involved in keeping a garden by collecting leaves and filling another compost heap with them - ready for next year!
So proud of this lot! We ALL tried some cooked and uncooked pieces of Squash and Courgette today - all grown in the Garden!
Gardening club is back!
These superstars have been very busy since club started up again in September. They have been upgrading pathways, planting new seeds and clearing more allotment planters ready for spring!
June 2021 - Year 6 Working party
The new Year 6 Tradition of garden work was really successful this year. they achieved so much, in a really short space of time!
The allotment fences were painted.
New pathways were laid and existing ones extended.
The allotment beds were completely cleared out...
...look at all those weeds!
Science competition entries
July 2021 - We are really excited about all the new plants that children from across the school have planted in the garden and greenhouse this week. All of them entered the last House competition and there is a wonderful range of flowers and vegetables.
May 2021 - Gardening club's new round of greenhouse seeds
Get that compost in there!
A full selection of seeds to choose from.
Keeping them in trays to preserve water.
What a fabulous sight!
We are very grateful to the Hands of Hope Charity who have supplied us with a wonderful range of seeds, seedlings and plants for our allotment. Gardening club have planted a wide range of the seeds and the seedlings are now in the newly dug over planting beds. There's a courgette and some herbs; we've even got tomatoes growing!
Click here to see the wonderful work this charity do with communities and schools
February 2021 A grand pergola for our grand entrance
We are very pleased with a latest addition to the garden in Phase one. This pergola has been made using recycled tyres, old netball posts, very heavy concrete slabs from another part of the school and excess timber. The tyres have been filled with healthy soil that was dug out from various projects in the garden and the children in gardening club will soon be able to plant some exciting climbers into all four of these posts.
January 2021 Installing the Sensory Walk...Part 1
Peer through the children's arch and you will now see...
...the newly cemented spooky trees...
...and recycled Christmas trees!
Working through the winter holidays
Phase one - Landscaping
While school was closed over the Christmas period, the garden allotment got its own fence. These recycled panels from the Ks1 playground look really great in the garden and we're starting to see some really distinct areas across the whole plot.
November 2020 Seed planting for the greenhouse
October 2020 The beginning of a sensory walk
We have reclaimed these branches from other parts of school.
They've been painted white with outdoor paint.
Once they are finished, we will cement them in the ground to begin our sensory walk.
TIDY ! (Well almost...)
The greenhouses have been tidied up and are now ready for us to plant some seeds and cuttings. If all goes well, we'll be bringing some plants up ready to put out into the garden next Spring. The shed is not so tidy...nobody's perfect
Lunchtime is planting time!
We spent some of our lunchtimes excitedly planting bulbs into our new Pot Rockery and Tyre planters, ready for Spring. Once we had learnt which way up the bulb should be planted (hairy bits at the bottom!) we then carefully pushed them down into the soil and compost mix we had already prepared. Afterwards, we surveyed the whole area to make sure each bulb was covered well enough. Now we'll need to protect them a little more with some netting we think.
GARDENING CLUB IS BACK!
Sieving through the reclaimed soil.
Filling the Pot rockery with compost and soil.
Taking our time to make it neat.
Can't wait to get the plants in next week!
Progress through the summer break
The allotment has been restored and upgraded.
The depot and compost area was refurbished.
The Year 6 2020 path was completed as they had requested (see below).
Our new Pot Rockery was constructed (see below).
A nature pond area and third entry path was created (see below).
The Nature Pond area
The Pot Rockery - A recipe...
Take a selection or recycled materials...
...and a pile of logs.
Arrange the logs around an pile or unwanted turf (laid upside down!).
Border the area with pallet wood and pegs.
Worked around both sides of the mounded turf.
Then dig out holes for the recycled pots and troughs.
Cover the area with weed fabric and then bark chippings.
All we need to add now are the Gardening club members and some plants!
The Year 6 2020 Pathway
This project seemed like a really symbolic way of Year 6 completing their time in Primary school. They worked well together, in quite warm conditions some times, to prepare and organise the area. Thank you to them all and best wishes for all the futures that your paths lead you too!
July and August
We had grand plans to have phase one finished by the end of this summer period, but without being able to run gardening club since March we had to change our plans. However, after letting the garden go wild for a few months, we started work on some specific areas again during the holidays.
Coming to work in the garden during the bright sunny days was a real pleasure and because we had let nature take over, we were rewarded with sightings of all kinds of wild flowers, butterflies, crickets, birds and other creatures. The local fox even returned to his old home for a few weeks!
Look what's been growing during May and June!
Well done Gardening club; these are some of the bulbs you planted way back in late January. Can you work out which flower they are?
...and this one popped up a couple of weeks later!
BULB PLANTING Early March
We've got our compost fix on and planted a wide variety of bulbs into all the nooks and crannies of our new mound. We made this space from the turf we dug up in January. We've also added some planters to the tops of our living fences and planted some bulbs in there too! Fingers crossed we may see some lovely results in May, June and July.
January path digging
Gardening club have started some major work this term, digging up some of the turf to lay our first proper path. This one is a simple straight one from the edge of the garden to the allotment area, but we’ve got plans for plenty more twists and turns from other areas of the garden.
November 2019 - Today was a digging day! Gardening Club were joined by some children from Outdoor Explorers and we set to work clearing out some of the allotment boxes. We learnt how to use a garden fork effectively and safely to remove tangled weeds and plants from the ground. Then we used sieves to sort through the soil and take out the lumpy, weedy bits we didn't want! All those weeds and roots will end up on our new compost heap sometime soon! While we were digging and clearing we found plenty of worms in all shapes and sizes - we even found a Frog! He or she was placed in another area of weeds to carry on their day! The worms were transported over to our new bug hotels.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to concentrate on more major landscaping tasks, such as laying wood chip pathways, bringing in more logs for wild patches and building a new patio area.
September 2019 - The new Greenfields Gardening Club set about planting up some flowers and shrubs into the fencing. These plants have been donated by Coolings Nursery in Bearsted. We installed the fantastic planting trays that were created by Year 6 last summer and also used the tyre planters for extra effect.
These are trailing plants so we are hoping the fence will start to come alive over the next few months. We will keep adding to these plants again from the spring and in the meantime, plant up some pots with bulbs ready for the new year.
Update June 2019 - Over the next few weeks, we will be working hard to refurbish the allotment area and add some simple planting to our new 'living fence'. Then we are going to get the lawnmower out and start marking out some pathways around our new garden space. We've gratefully received a donation of paving stones recently. These will be painted up by some of the children, based on their own designs, then placed around specific areas of the site. Watch this page for more photos soon!
...and with some time left over to build a bench!
Day Two - Once the painting is done, the fences are constructed.
Day One - Superstars from Year 5 and 6 have set about painting these pallets for our 'living fence'. What a great way to begin our project!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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