SMRP Community Garden: Nature, Nurture, Grow

by St Mary Redcliffe Primary School PTFA in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

SMRP Community Garden: Nature, Nurture, Grow

Total raised £2,538

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £488.50
£5,000 target 10 days left
50% 112 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th June 2024 at 10:29am

Donations will help us to improve SMRP School Community Garden enabling our children & families better access to nature & outdoor education

by St Mary Redcliffe Primary School PTFA in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

Who are we?

SMRP PTFA is a group of volunteer parents, carers and teachers working together with the support of the whole school community to provide enhanced learning experiences, new resources and equipment, and creative and cultural opportunities for our children. 

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Crowdfunder for the Great Bristol Run May 2024

Each year the PTFA organises race entries for children, parents/carers and teachers to take part in the Great Bristol Run. This year we have 58 runners who will be fundraising for the regeneration of our green spaces to support access to nature and wellbeing for children and families through outdoor learning, gardening and community events.

Overall vision for SMRP community garden project

To reclaim three existing green spaces to make them safe and easily accesssible for the whole school (EYFS to Year 6) to use during lessons, play times and forest school sessions. The three areas can also be enjoyed by our whole school community through a regular gardening club and special events. The project will focus on three key areas: school house garden, memorial garden, and greenhouse area.

 Goals and Objectives

  • To breathe new life in to the existing outdoor spaces

  • To provide a teaching space for a whole class to learn outdoors (30 children)

  • To give all children easy access to natural environments within the school

  • To encourage wildlife and biodiversity in to school grounds

  • To promote gardening, outdoor learning and climate awareness

  • To provide an outdoor space for children who don’t have gardens

  • To provide a setting for nurture groups

  • To support wellbeing for children, families and teachers through outdoor activities and gardening

  • To create an outdoor space to run events/groups 

  • To establish an inclusive gardening club open to all families of SMRP

What will your money support?

The money raised will be used to progress the project for the next 12 months. There have been some major improvements already but we would like to continue the vision to transform the spaces. There are opportunites to increase the number of trees, hedges and plant diversity. Create sensory areas, seating areas and growing areas. Provide new equipment for forest school and STEM activities. And support nurture groups for EAL, SEN and asylum/refugee children. 

Community impact

Funding will enable us to rebuild these key outdoor areas within our school grounds allowing for regular use during the school day as well as through community driven events and group nurture sessions. We welcome and encourage everyone to attend our regular gardening group and participate in the process. We want to build childrens' knowledge of enviromental issues and raise awareness of how to protect and care for their local environment.

In view of the urban location and demographic of the school, the garden provides a sanctuary for many who do not have access to a safe green space. We support the wellbeing of families by creating opportunities to learn, play and connect through nature based activities.

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