Greening Bramble Infant School and Nursery

by Bramble Infant School and Nursery in Southsea, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £9,028

raised so far



We want to make The Bramble Infant School and Nursery a green oasis where kids can develop a love for nature, and a passion to look after it

by Bramble Infant School and Nursery in Southsea, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 15th July 2021 we'd raised £8,840 with 196 supporters in 1 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Any extra money would go to staff training in outdoor teaching skills

Our Project in a Nutshell

The aim of our project is to turn the school grounds into a green oasis for the children, the community and the local wildlife. By doing this we want the kids to develop a love for nature and a passion to protect it.


To achieve this we want to add vegetable beds, a water meadow / bog garden, fruit trees in pots, a mixed native hedge and planters around the site. We also want to involve the Pre school children in the Early Years Sustainability Award Scheme and get staff trained in Forest schools and Outdoor Learning.


Our school and nursery is on a very typical inner city site. The ratio of concrete to green space is roughly 90:10 %. What's perhaps less typical is that we have a large amount of space that has lots of wonderful possibilities! We just need a bit of a cash injection and some publicity to really get our project underway!


What we want for the children:

We want the children to take an active role in the project, from the planning process to getting their hands dirty with the digging and planting.


By passing on a love of nature and some the basic gardening skills we want to inspire them to create their own green areas. Whether that's a window box or an allotment plot!


We also want children to understand the importance of nature in fighting climate change and develop a passion to protect wildlife and its habitats. With this in mind we want to train staff members to deliver some of the latest approaches in outdoor curriculums such as Forest or Beach School or Early Years Sustainability Citizenship.


What we want for the Community:

We want to create a project that involves the community. By creating a greener space with more plants and trees we hope to have a positive effect on the air quality in the area, and inspire other local organisations to follow suit.


We will also involve the local community by inviting them to join a school gardening group that will maintain the new trees, water meadow and raised beds. We particularly want to attract parents and residents who don't have a garden space of their own, to come and share ours. We already have some expert gardeners on board, who are willing to share their enthusiasm, skills and knowledge.


Finally, via our partnerships with Wilder Portsmouth and Portsmouth Climate Action Board, we would like to develop a blueprint for other schools and organisations to green their premises.

What we want for the wildlife:

At the moment the children are excited to find a snail in the garden and most could probably identify a seagull.

But these visitors rarely stick around for very long!

If we could entice a wide range of birds, insects and frogs or toads to take up home in our outdoor spaces it would be a testament to how well our project is contributing to the planet but could also inspire the next Greta Thunberg or David Attenborough!!


The Plan:

Here are our initial ideas for what we want to do and how we would like to spend the money.

Add cherry / apple trees in pots, and honeysuckle vines to the nursery area.


Create a water meadow / bog garden area to attract dragonflies and toads1626049036_1dba367b4f13cd1a77dc859a5ac51a8f.jpg


Plant a mixed native hedge of hawthorn, crab apple and hazel along the border of the playground, that will have blossom in spring and fruit / berries in autumn for the birds, bees and butterflies


Add edible vegetables, salad and herbs to the soil planters in the nursery and courtyard

Enhance the wildlife areas with bat and bird boxes

Train staff in Forest School Education / Outdoor Learning so it can become a core part of the school ethos

Add planters with wildflowers and grasses to the front of the school

Organise a volunteer gardening group made up of parents, staff, and local residents who will maintain the new trees, water meadow / bog garden and planters. (We particularly want to offer this to local residents who don't have their own gardens)

The more we raise the more we can do!


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

High Tea for Two at The Tenth Hole

If you pledge £50 you could receive one of five vouchers for high tea at the well renowned Tenth Hole Tea Rooms, Southsea. The voucher is for high tea for two people which includes a selection of sweet treats and savoury bites.

£10 or more

A free cuppa from Pie and Vinyl

If you pledge £10 between 9-10 am on Thursday 15th July you could receive a voucher for a free cuppa at Pie and Vinyl Castle Road, Southsea

£75 or more

Organic Fruit and Veg Box

A big box of delicious organic fruit and veg from Wild Thyme Wholefood Co-op

£5 or more

Random Raffle!

If you pledge £5 between 8-9am on Thursday 15th July you could win one of a selection of raffle prizes. Including a basket of children's Avon products, a bunch of flowers for collection from The flower shop by Alison', a month pass for Evolve Fitness Classes, a voucher for Hollie Dollie Sweets, a voucher for Creatiques, Albert Rd and a Southsea Promenade diffuser also from Creatique. A nail voucher from Little Di's Beauty. First pledge first win!

£5 or more

Random Raffle

If you pledge £5 or more between 2-3pm on Thursday 15th July you could win a bottle of whisky, a 6ft goal post and cones, a Nintendo switch case, a mechanics laboratory, 4 bottles of Budweiser and 2 glasses, a PS4 or Xbox 1 game (we have a mix of games and some have age restrictions.) scented candles. All of these prizes have kindly been donated by Tesco Fratton. Prizes will be awarded on a first pledge first win basis.

£5 or more

Random Raffle

Random Raffle

£10 or more

£5 voucher for Portsmouth Package free larder

If you pledge £10 between 10-11 am on Thursday 15th July you could receive a voucher to get £5 off your shopping at the Portsmouth Package Free Larder, Elm Grove

£15 or more

Baffled Voucher

If you make a £15 pledge you could receive a voucher that can be redeemed at either Baffled coffee in Fawcett Road or from their kiosk on Southsea Seafront near South Parade Pier.

£15 or more

A Morrisons Hamper

For a pledge of £15 you could win a lovely Hamper from Morrisons containing Bucks Fizz, Coffee, and lots of other treats!

£20 or more

A Fat Face Goodie Bag

For a £20 pledge you could receive a mystery bag of goodies from Fat Face

£25 or more

A signed copy of a Gardening Book

For a pledge of £25 you could receive a signed copy of one of Martyn Cox's gardening books. Martyn is Lead Garden Designer for our project and has published a range of books aimed at children and those new to gardening.

£50 or more

A case of Chateau Neuf du Pape!!!

For a pledge of £50 you could receive a case 6 bottles of Chateau Neuf du Pape. We only have one to give away so you'll have to be quick!

£50 or more

Family bike services excluding parts

We've had a late offer! Southsea Cycles would like to offer 2 Family bike services excluding parts. This is for 4 Silver Service bike service for each package.

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