Meadlands' outside space was simply grass lawn with five trees 23 years ago. Garden creator and coordinator Roger Howard had a vision of an environmental garden to improve the space for children, staff and the indigenous wildlife.
With the intention of mimicking the countryside, the wildlife garden was created with hedgerows and paths into the woodlands. Different habitats have been planted to attract a wide range of birds, amphibians and insects and include a loggery, a pond and nesting sites.
Naturalist David Bellamy officially opened the garden in 1996.
A treehouse and chickens are recent additions, as well as an orchard and raised beds. A highlight of the school calendar is Grounds Day, when Roger, pupils and parents tend the area and make improvements.
With a qualified Forest Schools teacher among our staff, this is a programme that all our pupils benefit from and recently we won the Primary Science Quality Mark. We have also won awards from the Children’s Flower Society and Richmond in Bloom.
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