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Kelvin Grove Primary School

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Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Community Garden

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” (Robert Brault)

The Kelvin Grove Community Garden has been a continually evolving project that with a great deal of hard work from pupils, parents and staff has become a green haven of tranquility in our busy corner of Sydenham.  Back in 2008 we developed a small, unused area in a corner of the main school site.  We built raised growing beds and grew a few crops that first year – onions, garlic, spinach, raspberries, strawberries and a variety of herbs.  The project was so successful that when an old school building was renovated to create the Children’s Centre the decision was made to create an enormous allotment which has since become known as the Community Garden.

The garden is tended by our Gardening Club which keeps going from strength to strength with new families joining all the time.  It is fantastic to see parents, children and staff working in the garden side by side, all with huge grins on their faces as they experience the magic that is growing your own.  We are also extremely fortunate to have the continued support of Sarah Wood, a friend of one of our governors.  She has many years of expertise to share with us and generously donates her time each week.  Her guidance has enabled us to create a truly impressive garden that has so far contributed to us winning the Clean and Green Award and placing third in the schools category of Lewisham in Bloom.

Harvest Festival is now an incredibly meaningful celebration at Kelvin Grove as the children are able to see first hand the fruits of their labours.  Take a look at some of the fantastic photos for just a taste of what they’ve achieved.

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