Welcome to the Lionel Allotment Blog. As part of our Eco Schools action plan developed early last year, we are beginning to create an outdoor learning space for all Lionel children to enjoy. Suitably named ‘The Lionel Allotment’, having a school garden at Lionel Primary will provide our children with an abundance of outdoor learning. From watching how plants grow and develop to students having the opportunity to get outside and get their hands grubby; it is a great source of fun.
The aim of Lionel Allotment is to:
We are very excited to be growing a variety of produce and to provide hands on, outdoor experience for our pupils. On this blog, we will update you regularly on the progress of our allotment.
We planted the seed and discussed the idea of an allotment 2 years ago after our first environmental school survey. The space of our allotment was decided. Transforming this space began instantly with old brambles, nettles, weeds and some dead trees removed. Here are the before pictures after the brambles, nettles and weeds were removed.
Work began turning over the soil to remove roots and rocks. Ms Baldwin had some volunteers to help, including Gerard, Mrs Marsden, Miss Wilson and Phil, Mrs Taylor, Kit and Bella, Mrs Joyce and Paul. While digging, we found many creepy crawlies and some friendly amphibians. A fence was put up to separate the staff lounge and allotment area and we started building the raised beds out of pallets.
Word quickly got out about the fantastic work on the allotment. So many members from our Lionel Primary community offered to help, donate goods or passed on contacts that would help us if needed. Our team of volunteers worked hard to put together the raised beds, filled them with soil, lifted old pavers to make way for new donated pavers, sowed new grass seeds and finally finished removing all the weeds, roots and rocks.