The meadow is looking truly spectacular - a techni-coloured dream garden. It's certainly been a haven this summer for bees and insects.
Some of the older children started unpacking some of the outdoor equipment we received in our successful bid for the Local School Nature grant.
Greenfingers were very busy at the end of the summer term harvesting and manufacturing products they had grown or foraged. They made elderflower fritters (delicious), harvested then cooked the potatoes - white and blue - grown in the school grounds and served refreshing elderflower cordial.
Local School Nature Grant
The club were delighted to hear that they were successful with their application to Local School Nature Grants. They gave the whole school a presentation on Forest schools, asked for everyone's views and ideas and used these responses to complete the grant application. Their successful bid for £500's worth of goods will enable the school to get a ghillie kettle, outdoor den making kit, outdoor learning all weather kit and fire kit.
The staff will also receive training. WELL DONE to all!
Cumbria Youth Climate Conference
Two of our older pupils attended the conference at Cumbria University where pupils from forty other schools attended to share their thoughts on climate change. All children gave a two minute presentation on their particular school's view of the situation and what they are doing to address it.
All children in school were encouraged to create an Easter or Spring garden. They brought in their own resources from home and used some in school. They produced some beautiful ones.
Ready to sow seeds
We are very excited to see our new greenhouse go up - all ready for the springtime planting. Thankyou to our 2018 Y6 leavers for their very generous gift.
Supporting the birds in the school environment
Greenfingers made birdfeeders to place around the school grounds to keep the birds fed in the cold, winter months. Class 4 took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2019. Their DT topic this term is to design and produce birdfeeders and the results of the survey will help them with this.
The children in Greenfingers work hard through the Autumn term to prepare goods to sell at The Christmas Fair. This year they served soup and rolls, jars of chutney and soap made with some of the produce grown in the school grounds. They raised £35 which will be used to buy more seeds and plants for the school grounds.
In December 2018 the club worked in partnership with The Flower Bowl, Appleby to run a Christmas Craft activity afternoon. With the help of parents and friends children in the school made table decorations and willow wreaths. The willow used to make the wreaths was grown in the school grounds.
ECO CLUB - Spring and Summer
During the Winter the Greenfingers
committee were very busy with planning future events, deciding what they wanted to grow and making applications to the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and the Woodland Trust. We are pleased to announce Long Marton School have gained Level 2 Awards with both organisations.
A BIG THANK YOU to H Pigney & Son, Appleby who donated gloves, spades and a pop up greenhouse which the children enjoyed putting together.
The club were awarded a THRIVING award at the recent Cumbria in Bloom presentation event.
The children decided that they would like to create a wild flower garden area in the school. This will encourage more pollinators in to the grounds.