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Call out to help college’s big garden project become a reality

11 May 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

After months in the planning, an exciting communal garden project is underway. The brainchild of Holly Brydon, a kind-hearted Year 13 student, the big garden project will see three areas in the college grounds split into distinct zones and transformed to an eco garden, a social space and a peace garden.

Holly has planned a number of volunteer days when students, staff, alumni, friends of the school and members of the local community are invited to don their gardening clothes and pick up their rakes and trowels to clear the three areas, ready to plant seeds, herbs and flowers. This is a massive undertaking but excitement is already growing about the project which will make the redundant spaces into amazing hubs that will benefit students and staff at the college.

As well as calling out for volunteers to help with the groundwork, who can sign up here, Holly is also appealing for any local businesses or individuals who may be able to support the project with the donation of seeds, plants, compost, herbs, gravel, wood or even seating and bird boxes, to help her realise her vision. If anyone would like to contribute to the project, please email sixthformadmin@richmondschool.net. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Holly said: “I first had the idea for the project in September 2020, at the beginning of Year 12, when I saw that these garden spaces in the Sixth Form were unused but offered so much potential. It was put on the back burner while other projects took place until just before Christmas, when I really started to plan the project and approached Mrs Potter, headteacher, with my proposal.

“While it has been many months in the planning, I am so happy that we are now underway with turning the three spaces into an eco garden, a social space and a peace garden. I think it is so important, especially given the past two years, for our college to have such communal outdoor spaces where students can spend time. There have been times over the past few years when I know myself and others have needed to take a minute and breathe, and these areas are going to be perfect for that when they are complete. I’m so excited to see how the project evolves and I am so incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve had so far, both from the school and the local community”

The first ground-clearing day made a great start, however there is still a long way to go, including weeding and re-edging lawn areas before flowers can be planted and the new spaces created. A further three volunteer days are scheduled for Saturday 21st May, Tuesday 31st May and Thursday 2nd June, from 9am-1pm. Volunteers of all gardening abilities are invited to lend a hand, so students, parents, family members, former students, school staff or members of the community will be most welcome. Please bring your own gardening tools and refreshments and register here.

Jenna Potter, headteacher, said: “This is a truly wonderful initiative and it really will make a significant difference to the students and staff in our college by enhancing the landscape and offering a sanctuary to think, relax, read and learn in the gardens of our beautiful grounds. Holly has done a marvellous job masterminding the project and it is fantastic to see how her energy and passion are motivating her fellow students and other members of the community to support her. Being outdoors and connecting with nature is a wonderful and positive way to boost wellbeing and stay healthy and the project demonstrates how our wider school community can come together to create a truly precious space that will enrich many lives now and in the future.”

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