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Meet the Kent Life Primary School Garden of the Year

PUBLISHED: 00:29 20 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:53 20 February 2013

Meet the Kent Life Primary School Garden of the Year

Meet the Kent Life Primary School Garden of the Year

Hook Lane Primary School in Welling stood out as winner of the Best Primary School Garden in Kent with its wide range of gardening and wildlife activities

Kent Life Primary School Garden of the Year

Hook Lane Primary School stood out as Kent Life's winner of the Best Primary School Garden this year with its wide range of gardening and wildlife activities

The young students at Hook Lane Primary School in Welling have a wide range of opportunities to explore many avenues of gardening, including growing produce, attracting beneficial insects, and discovering wildlife in their naturalistic pond.

They have also fully embraced a Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Year with red, white and blue plantings in a specially themed garden and containers through the school.

Led by Liz Doherty and parent helpers, the children learn a lot about growing as part of the National Curriculum, with activities that include growing seeds in their classes, making insect hotels and feeders out of recycled materials, growing seedlings in the greenhouse and learning about newts in the pond.

We have a very active gardening club with children aged seven to 11, says Liz. At Hook Lane we are lucky enough to have large grounds. We have different types of gardens, a cottage garden, a dry grasses garden, lots of flower borders, a vegetable garden using compost we make, a sensory garden, a wildlife area with pond, bird nest boxes, including one with a camera, a wildflower meadow and a tree nursery.

Each year the school holds an environment week where they carry out a range of activities in and around the grounds. This year the theme was water and water conservation, with the children investigating the sources of water, its importance and how to save it at home and at school.

All the classes did pond dipping, a Big draw activity where they created a large collaborative painting, mulching techniques were demonstrated in the flower beds, the 10 water butts shown to all the children and bird baths made out of recycled materials.

The gardening club is self-funding and the children plant up tubs for sale at the school fte and at Christmas make arrangements to sell at their bazaar. We have also grown hundreds of seedlings which we have planted out in the grounds and sold the spares to parents after school, says Liz.

We sell some of our crops to parents also to raise more money. We have been lucky enough to win various prizes in competitions and these help our funds too, such as a greenhouse from the RHS for a campaign called Get your grown-ups gardening.

A lovely idea is that near the end of summer term the gardening club invites the school governors and other guests to afternoon tea where the childrens crops are sampled and the children take the visitors around the grounds to show them what they have been doing.

A quarterly gardening and eco newsletter also keeps the parents updated and involved with the childrens achievements and activities.

Get in touch

Hook Lane Primary School

Faraday Road,

Welling DA16 7ET

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