Bishop Rd school aims to raise £2,500 to fund vital green spaces for learning

May 05 2016
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Bishop Rd school aims to raise £2,500 to fund vital green spaces for learning

CHILDREN at Bishop Road Primary School will soon be learning about wildlife in an allotment classroom and nature garden.

The school, one of the largest in the South West, is surrounded by terraced houses and has hardsurface playgrounds.

Children really benefit from learning and playing outdoors, so the school is embarking on ambitious plans to improve its outdoor spaces. As well as the allotment and garden, an orchard and wildflower bed are being planted. To make this happen, the school’s Parents Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) wants to raise £2,500 to create areas which are green and growing.

Volunteers, parents and teachers have already begun creating the allotment classroom which has seven raised beds, one for every year in the school.

Pete Clee, from Golden Hill Community Garden, assisted with the construction of the beds. Hills Group have donated 10 tonnes of organic compost which was moved into the beds by a team of volunteers from the Good Gym. The orchard and wildflower area are also beginning to take shape: a variety of native fruit trees have been planted by the children and soon hedgerows will be dug in and wildflowers sown.

Mr Kieboom, a teacher at the school said: “These green spaces will be invaluable for teaching children the value and importance of nature. Hopefully, it will inspire the next generation to preserve and protect our planet.”

To help raise funds for these projects, the PTFA is launching a crowdfunding campaign with Crowdfunder and Bristol Green Capital Partnership. This is part of the #Better Bristol campaign to help make the whole city a greener place. Reaching the target of £2,500 would enable the PTFA to pay for planting a sensory garden area and buy garden structures, tools for small hands to use, equipment and other resources.

A selection of lovely rewards will be on offer for those that pledge on the Crowdfunder website. These will include special Bishop Road School jute bags, featuring a winning design by a pupil, and other rewards kindly donated by local businesses.

Anyone can support the campaign and make a donation by visiting Crowdfunder.co.uk, and people can show their support by following the school’s progress by visiting the PTFA’s Facebook site and Twitter feed @ BrsPtfa.