Archive for June, 2016

Many Hands Make Light Work

June 17, 2016

In spite of a dire weather forecast Shaldon School decided to go for it. Armed with macs 28 Year 6 pupils made their way to the Italian Garden area of Homeyard’s Botanical Gardens. There they split in three groups. Along with a few supportive adults, teams worked on the walls of the upper walkway either side of the Gardeners Hut. They pulled and cut back weeds to reveal the stone retaining walls and then raked and swept their cuttings into wheelbarrows. These were dispatched down to the compost heaps where a third team received and layered up the greenery into heaps ready to rot down. Meanwhile others in this team dug out compost that had already been made into bags ready for distribution to the Garden’s plants. A really good mornings work.

After lunch the students returned for a quick tour of the Gardens to check on the Castle restoration and to see how the hawthorn trees they’d planted in November were progressing. They then set about tackling the stairs and lawn area of the Italian Garden and by the time they’d finished the whole area was transformed. An hour later the heavens opened!

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School work day on June 15th

June 13, 2016

A reminder that on Wednesday 15th June Shaldon School are sending a team of about 30 to work on the Italian Garden area. (Note the date in the Parish Newsletter – Friday 17th – is wrong, the event was rescheduled after the newsletter went to press).
Normally we’d be holding our Volunteer Day the day before, Tuesday 14th, so it makes sense to switch it to the Wednesday so that we can have as many adults around to assist the children. Obviously it would be wonderful to have as much support as possible for this, perhaps you could spare an hour or two to come along to their morning (9:30 and 12 noon) or afternoon sessions (13:15 to 15:00)? If it’s raining stair rods the event will be cancelled.