The idea for this came when Kate's brother David, a teaching assistant, asked her for advice on gardening projects for his class. She wanted something that is viable in a small space and affordable (but that could be also scaled up) with vegetables and flowers which are easy to grow, tasty and fun. It is colourful; brightening areas both literally and metaphorically, with a focus on recycling, reusing, sustainability and being wildlife-friendly. Accessibility and scent are also important. Some ideas can easily be replicated (on windowsills for example) at home. As well as introducing classes to gardening, this space is for everyone in the school to enjoy.
The garden contains (from left-right): cherry tomatoes and broad beans growing up canes, 2 x second-hand tables (plus 4 second-hand chairs) with re-used wine crates containing a herb box, a veg box, a fruit/flower box and a flower box, a ‘greenhouse’ made from a plastic storage box for raising more tender plants, a compost bin, a re-purposed ladder used for holding herbs grown in recycled milk cartons and a stack of recycled flower pots for use in future projects. Re-purposed wellingtons are used throughout the garden for growing flowers and bark chips are used for ‘flooring’. Tools and gloves are stored in a second plastic box under the ‘greenhouse.