I started to work with Orchard Primary School in Hackney in the Autumn of 2013. We enlarged existing planters around the playground so that they now have a large growing space. Each class has its own planter which will be used for many gardening projects.
The nursery garden has always suffered as there is a local fox, who liked to regularly come and dig it up. So far (famous last words) the new expandable fence, which can be untied easily so the pupils can access the garden, has kept the fox away. We are growing beans and sunflowers in this bed as these are nice large seeds for the little ones to plant and they are rewarding plants to grow and to link to stories.
Pupils from the after school gardening club exhibited their scarecrow at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Private Orchard looked great, and pupils really enjoyed looking around the show on press day.