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Forest school at KnowleDGE receives grant

A forest school is being developed at Knowle DGE – which will be enhanced with wildflowers, new trees and a vegetable patch following a grant from Knowle West Alliance.

The school on Leinster Avenue is a specialist academy for young people with additional needs. It has had a forestry and garden area on site for a number of years – but is now looking to drive the idea forward.

Arts and DT Coordinator  Liz Barnes, who runs the area, says students from ages seven to 18 have all been involved in developing the project. 

She explains: “…This has included running an after-school gardening club where they have dug and planted trees and bulbs, painting a water butt, identifying bugs and plants, building a hide …and running a Horticulture ASDAN Focus award.

Brooklyn working on the garden.

“We are planning to plant a sensory garden and develop a wildflower and vegetable area.”

Pupils have already taken part in a range of forest school activities – including den building, whittling and backwoods cooking. 

Liz says the £250 Alliance Small Grant will be used to buy “bulbs, tools and wellington boots and wood to build bird houses etc.”

Ten oak saplings are also due to be planted this term with the help of Filwood Tree Champion Jim Smith who also received a grant from Knowle West Alliance to plant 150 trees in local schools.

Main image: Pupils Riva and Sara starting to clear the area, working on their Horticulture ASDAN award. Picture Knowle DGE.