Gardening Club is an integral part of the Whole School Wellbeing Programme at St Mary's. All the children throughout the school can access the school garden and the polytunnel on a weekly basis.
The children are encouraged to explore this environment, grow bulbs and various plants and vegetables, tend and look after this area and encourage wildlife.
Many bird boxes attract birds to nest year after year. Wellies are used as planters and children create bird feeders and bird baths from recycled materials. There are different areas to the garden including grassed area, compost bins, huge planters for vegetables and strawberries, digging areas and a patio.
The poly tunnel has a multifunctional use. Inside, children have created their own musical instruments to experiment with different sounds. Sand, soil, shells, wood, pebbles and a nature table create an investigation area and a huge art and craft area encourages children to use their own initiative and imagination to create varied types of artwork. The polytunnel is closely linked to the garden area to accommodate all weathers.