Newstead Wood School Wellbeing Garden
Set up accessible low maintenance Wellbeing garden for pupils and staff with seats and a covered area. It will support students mental health with fresh air, outdoor group work, responsibilities and exercise. Pupils will grow produce to share, learn how to support nature and take ‘time out’ in sensory area with herbs and calming and tactile plants.
- Add to our supportive learning environment by developing an outdoor space which will support our pupils' mental health and significantly improve their wellbeing. This will help our pupils to achieve their true potential.
- Provide opportunities for our pupils to take part in activities to grow and share produce and to develop appreciation of the natural world by learning how the garden contributes to nature and how some plants can 'give something back'.
- Promote the message of good mental health by ensuring the Wellbeing garden is fully accessible and by enabling students to sell produce back to the community at school events.
How we will achieve our goals
The award would fund almost all the cost of raised beds, accessible path, benches, soil, greenhouse, shed & initial plants. The school’s PET fund (mainly voluntary contributions by parents) would meet the rest. The garden would be set up by our parent volunteers. Pupils would then work alongside a volunteer and staff to maintain the area.
Where the money will go
At Newstead Wood School we increasingly see pupils with poor mental heath. One of our priorities is to support them. The garden would help us support and promote mental health. We are a state grammar school; in our area high ability pupils attract little extra funding eg the very small Pupil Premium we get is not enough to pay for this project.