Farnham Primary School receives grants for community gardening project

The school garden at Rowledge C of E Primary School and the Busy Bees Gardening and Wildlife Club

A primary school in Farnham in Surrey has received four grants to fund its community gardening project.

Rowledge C of E Primary School has received donations for the school garden as part of the Connected Communities Fund of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The Farnham Lions Club has also offered to purchase a bench for the school garden.

A school spokesperson said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that over the past few weeks the school garden at Rowledge C of E Primary School and the Busy Bees Gardening and Wildlife Club have been chosen for being the lucky recipients of four grants to support the wonderful work undertaken in the school garden.

“We are very proud and have a wonderful community project underway that we would like local residents to get involved in.”

The funding will be used on a number of projects. The school will purchase and install a partially glazed potting and storage shed on school grounds for student use.

It will allow the school to design and have a bespoke market cart made from salvaged materials on which students will maintain a permanent herb garden and offer their produce to local residents outside the gates of school. This is part of the students’ ongoing project to engage local residents in planting and cultivating to reap the health benefits of gardening.

The money will also support the installation of a permanent pollinator-friendly planter that will be planted and maintained by the students for the benefit of pollinators.

The grants were provided by the Farnham Round Table, the RHS through their Connected Communities project, East Hampshire District Councilor David Ashcroft and Hampshire County Council Councilor Mark Kemp-Gee.

The school hopes that local residents will get involved in its gardening projects. More information about this can be found on the website.

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Terri S. Tomasini