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Newstead Wood School Wellbeing Garden

(London)

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.

Our goals:

  • 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.
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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.

Comments (15)

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  1. Posted on July 6, 2016

    This school could really use such a facility!

  2. Posted on July 7, 2016

    Please vote for this. I think it will really contribute to the aura of our school.

  3. Posted on July 8, 2016

    Well done and please vote.

  4. Posted on July 8, 2016

    Good luck!

  5. Posted on July 8, 2016

    Many students travel a long way to Newstead. It’s important there are spaces that they can relax as well as work.

  6. Posted on July 8, 2016

    well done so far and good luck.

  7. Posted on July 8, 2016

    Voted!

  8. Posted on July 9, 2016

    This project would really enhance the school environment at Newstead. Please vote!

  9. Posted on July 11, 2016

    Please vote and support the school.

  10. Posted on July 11, 2016

    Wishing you all the best and all my support to make for a better tomorrow……

  11. Posted on July 12, 2016

    Newstead would greatly benefit from this.

  12. Posted on July 12, 2016

    Regardless of support networks, Newstead can get intense – so having an area of calm and respite would be fantastic. Definitely a step in the right direction for mental health and wellbeing at the school.

  13. Posted on July 15, 2016

    voted

  14. Posted on July 16, 2016

    Good Luck Newstead

  15. Posted on July 18, 2016

    I think this is a wonderful idea. Students are under a lot of pressure at times and this would allow them a release. Good Luck

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