Forest Garden

All Saints Primary School, Gorton, is in the process of enhancing their outdoor areas, so was delighted to have support from MEEN and City of Trees to develop an under used area of the school grounds. This space was grassed over but slightly sloped and tended to get water logged, which made it unsuitable for sports, but perfect for a Forest Garden!

The Forest Garden will be a great addition to the wild area, which had been planted by children the year before with trees from the Woodland Trust, and builds on existing enthusiasm and expertise among the staff for outdoor and environmental education.

I delivered fun and active workshops to every child in the school from Nursery to Year 6. The reasoning behind these sessions was for every child to feel an ownership of and commitment to the new Forest Garden. 

Highlights included

  • Tasting! - Raspberries, kiwi, redcurrants, cherries, blueberries and blackberries

  • Measuring the space and using compasses to find North in relation to the space. We discussed the impact of the cold North wind on plants and which plants would prefer a sunnier warmer spot.

  • Looking at and comparing the roots of raspberry and broad bean plants, to understand more about what goes on under the soil.

  • Learning that the herb Rosemary can improve memory!