Browick Road Primary and Nursery school is a small school in the heart of Wymondham, catering for children between the ages of 2 and 11. It has a dedicated staff and head teacher and very supportive parents. The school also has a Language Development Centre (LDC), which is a Specialist Resource Base for children with speech, language and communication needs.
As the Friends of Browick Road Primary and Nursery school, we support the school by organising events throughout the school year, fundraising for equipment to enrich school life, such as iPads and outdoor play resources, and subsidising special events and trips. Our current focus is to enhance the outdoor facilities.
All children from the school and nursery are involved in our allotment, and some also take part in our gardening club. They plant seeds, pot the seedlings on, plant them, tend the plants, weed the beds and harvest any produce. Anything edible is taken to our amazing staff in the school kitchen and prepared for lunches. Last year, we had potato salad, strawberries and beans, to name just a few! This year, we hope that some of our children will also be able to grow plants to sell at our summer fair.
Sadly, the greenhouse in our allotment area was declared too unsafe to use so has been taken down. We would love to replace it so that we can have somewhere to house and nurture seedlings and successfully grow plants that benefit from more warmth, like peppers and tomatoes. It will also allow children to use the allotment to do jobs like potting-on no matter what the weather is doing!
The greenhouse will be next to our school playing field, and will be used by all year groups, so we need one that will be safe, sturdy and strong.
We are hoping to be successful in winning funding towards the greenhouse from the Aviva Community Fund, but this will only cover the greenhouse itself. We will also need to purchase staging and a potting bench, and would ideally like to provide roof blinds.
We feel that with the current busy curriculum, it is so important to offer opportunities for working in the outdoor environment to enrich the school day. Growing plants allows children to use all of their senses, teaches responsibility, organisation and patience, encourages healthy eating and inspires discussion about science, maths and care of the environment. This greenhouse would really help to give our children an opportunity to enjoy the satisfaction that growing plants can bring.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project!