design

I decided to work on creating different zones within the garden to meet different needs. These zones would be:

Growing

Including raised beds, herb spiral, composting area, greenhouse, shed, and rain water collection 

outdoor learning 

Including a storytelling circle (with woodchip floor, stumps and throne), outdoor table, information boards (to display project work or assignments)

creativity and exploration

Including a stack of natural play materials, willow dome and tunnels and weaving loom

wildlife 

Including wildflower meadow, wildlife pond, insect hotel, bird, bat and bee houses, fruit trees, fruit bushes, and food forest

I worked out approximate dimensions of each element to see how they would fit into the design of the garden. 

I took these ideas and put them into a document to email to the school, and arranged my next meeting to hear their views. (You can see the document below, click on the images to expand). 

meetings, tweaks and more designing

After meeting with the head teacher again, we discussed some changes. The school now wanted to include bike racks for the children to encourage them to cycle to school. They also wanted to leave out the wildlife pond, as they were possibly going to have a larger one built at the back of the school one day. There were several other tweaks, which I took notes of and then re-worked the design plan. Based on this second meeting, I was able to put together a final design plan, with a base map of how the new garden would look. You can see this below (including my notes which I took on a further meeting to make some more tweaks and changes). 

Below is a larger view of the base map I created, along with some estimated prices.

Here are some bicycle racks that I sourced and sent across to the school after to see their views on prices and styles