We recently donated vital supplies to local secondary school and sixth form, Belper School, to help transform its on-site ACCESS (Alternative Curriculum Centre for Extended Student Support) Garden in order to make the space more child-friendly.
The plot was initially built 10 years ago as an allotment/orchard for both children and staff to enjoy. It is regularly used for Prince’s Trust activities as well as helping students improve skills in horticulture and other areas as part of their studies. The space also plays a vital role as an outside space for ACCESS students who might be in need of extra support with learning difficulties and inclusion within school.
Over time, the garden had suffered substantial natural wear and tear and was in need of investment to enhance the quality of provision.
“We sent letters to several local businesses asking for help with the transformation and Bowmer & Kirkland (B&K) put us in direct contact with their house building arm, Peveril Homes, to help with the project,” said Martyn Cooper, Headteacher at Belper School.
Our Director, Colin Wright, visited the school to assess what was required and immediately got to work on sourcing materials to restore the ACCESS Garden.
“We put Belper School in touch with a local scaffolding supplier we use for the poles needed to strengthen the shelter, as well as donating other materials ourselves,” said Colin.
These materials included 250 concrete blocks for the flower beds, and wheelbarrows to help the staff and students move materials around during the restoration work. The job of restoring the garden will fall to staff and students at Belper School as an ongoing project, which will hopefully be completed in spring 2018.
“I would like to extend a big thank you to Peveril Homes for its support of the school and our work within our Access Garden area,” added Martyn Cooper.
“The kind generosity and support with time, advice and materials has been greatly appreciated and is making a difference to the learning experience of our students. It is really heartwarming to see such links developing in times of austerity.”