I recently visited Southfield Junior School, Peterborough. The school was having a fun run and plant sale to raise funds for its school gardening project and celebrate their new Victorian garden. The children had a non-uniform day (mufti), instead of paying £1 to wear non-uniform; children had to bring in a plant. This generated a lot of plants and then gardening club parents grew more plants for sale.
Alyson Roxburgh, is the enthusiastic Year 3 teacher who co-ordinates the garden project at the school and has lead the school through Eco Schools and Sustainable Schools. Gardening sits right at the heart of there government initiatives.
The Victorian Garden was designed by the children as a peaceful space for everyone to enjoy. A circular brick-lined bed, with four benches, one for each school house. The plants also reflected the house colours and were planted by the school children from each house.
Blue Verbena, Lobelia and Petunias for the Kingfisher House
Yellow Gazanias and French Marigolds for the Canary House
Red Salvia, Pelargonium and Petunias for Robin House
Lime Petunias, white Pelargonium and Lobelia for Parrot House.