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Primary School Wildlife Garden

The full redesign of this school garden had the potential to offer great value in its urban setting.  The brief was to provide space for teaching, and also a retreat for staff and pupils. 

The garden had become neglected and therefore underused.  A structure was needed so that the space could be fully utilised for various purposes. 

In response to the challenge of redesigning the space, many wildlife and child friendly elements were introduced.  The new garden design featured a pond, bog garden with large exotic looking plants and the construction of a living willow dome. 

Separate areas were provided within its layout, where pupils could have the freedom to experiment with growing plants to encourage insects and birds to feed.  Another area to evoke interest was the wormery, featuring a transparent panel.  Within a few months, the finished project was the new home for plenty of wildlife, from newts to the endangered stag beetle.  The school began to run a weekly gardening club, taught lessons outdoors and offered pupils the garden as a place to enjoy quiet time. 

In 2010, this previously neglected school garden was awarded 1st place in the Lewisham in Bloom “Wildlife Garden” category.


Photographs © Paul Treacy