For the second year running, Forest and Sandridge has received the Level 4 Thriving award for our entry in the 2019 Britain in Bloom 'It's Your Neighbourhood' category. We are also proud that our efforts helped support Melksham town in receiving the overall Gold award for the third year in succession.
The school was recognised for “making substantial improvements to the quality of the school grounds through their gardening activities”, such as “planting trees and shrubs along the boundaries and the creation of meadow areas in one corner”. We were also congratulated on achieving the Green Flag award.
Over the last year, our whole school planted 420 new native tree saplings around the school grounds to provide shelter and a haven for wildlife, and to improve the appearance of the school grounds. We have also started to develop a wild meadow area to encourage and protect more wildlife in our grounds.
In 2019, year 5 children, together with some parents, helped build new welcoming planters for the entrance to our school and the school playground as part of outdoor learning. They were then planted with a range of perennial plants by the Eco Warriors and Gardening club, helped by parent Jess Davies. In addition, all children helped plant bulbs in the rainbow flower bed, which created a beautiful display throughout the spring, and then replanted the bed with flowers for the summer.
As a school, we are delighted to have received the Level 4 Thriving award again. It was made possible by the hard work of our pupils, staff, and contributing parents, but we also had a lot of fun making sure our school grounds bloomed again this year.