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Volunteers help students re-establish garden space

Volunteers help students re-establish garden space

On Friday 23 October BACA organised a Student Garden Community Action Day, inviting staff, students, parents and community volunteers to help us redevelop a space at the back of the academy building for students to grow fresh food.

BACA previously had a space but had to move it to accommodate a temporary building, which will be in place until Easter.  Therefore, help was needed to re-establish a new growing space so BACA students do not miss out on gardening between now and then.

Help was on hand form Lloyds Banking Group Brighton who sent a team of six volunteers for the day and a handful of parents alongside Pat Beach from the Moulsecoomb Forest and Wildlife Garden Project. With approx. 50 BACA year 7 and 8 students involved in the day, our able volunteers and skilled BACA staff (thanks Simon), we managed to clear a large area, weed, repair, move and refill six raised beds and build two new beds from scratch.

Meanwhile, year 7 students worked with Carly North from Trailer Trashed to prepare a fine feast for our volunteers, demonstrating just what will be possible once we have grown our own fresh vegetables.

The next stage is to establish an after school gardening club for students who are particularly keen on growing.  We also have plans to add a large garden shed and outdoor classroom space to develop the area further and make it a place where learning can happen regularly.

Once the temporary building is removed, we will be able to increase the amount of raised beds so more students can take part and grow fresh food.