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Community Garden Project in Full Bloom with the Help of Green Fingered Pupils

Published: Thursday, August 3, 2017

A community garden project led by our company charity, The Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation culminated recently at a special judging ceremony.

The project was headed up by our Community Project Officer, Chris Cray who was approached by a local youth worker to create an initiative which would bridge the gap between mainstream pupils and pupils with learning difficulties. Local schools, Coedcae, Strade and Heol Goffa teamed up as the ‘Working Together Crew’ and over a 3-month period developed the community garden and created raised beds.

Following the first stage of the project, 4 local schools were invited to build on these foundations and customise the raised beds using unique themes of their choosing. The aim was to encourage teamwork, build confidence skills and further link the local community.

Heol Goffa, Ysgol Y Castell, Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian and Myrddin Special Unit volunteered over a 10-week period at Parc Y Bocs farm shop in Kidwelly.  The teams, aged between 3-19 planted a range of vegetables, herbs and flowers before drawing, painting and customising their entries using recycled materials such as driftwood.

*The Winning Entry - Myrddin Special Unit and their pirate theme

The result was a nautical pirate theme from Myrddin Special Unit, a bee theme from Heol Goffa, a ‘growing things’ (pethau tyfu) theme from Ysgol Gwenllian and a book (Only One You) theme from Ysgol Y Castell. Each entry is not only visually stunning, but also unique, thoughtful and imaginative.

Although just for fun, the schools requested a friendly competition which was judged by our very own, John Burns who chose Myrddin Special Unit as the winners. 

*Ysgol Y Castell pictured with their book theme

Commenting on the competition, John said, “Each school would have been a worthy winner. We have been blown away by the imagination and attention to detail that has gone into each entry. I really liked Myrddin Special Unit’s nautical theme which included pirate masks, a treasure map and a ship’s wheel.”

Commenting on the overall project, Chris Cray said “It has been a pleasure to be involved in such a fantastic initiative involving so many different schools. It has given the charity an opportunity to offer an outdoor educational learning environment for pupils to develop key skills and qualities such as life skills in gardening, confidence, motivation, self-esteem and teamwork.”

*Heol Goffa pictured with their bee theme

The community garden project is available to view at Parc Y Bocs in Kidwelly for the foreseeable future and there are further plans for educational projects in the pipeline.

Mrs Sian Riley of Ysgol Y Castell concluded, “The gardening project was a wonderful community project to be part of. The children involved have developed invaluable skills over the last 2 months, that they have then shared with their peers back in school. We hope to continue using these skills in the development of our own outdoor area in Ysgol Y Castell in the next academic year. We look forward to our next project with Burns.” 

*Ysgol Gwenllian pictured with their growing theme

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