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Saint Francis' work continues - Summer 2018

Over this school year, we have been very busy trying to make our school grounds more Eco-friendly.


We have all planted a sunflower and grown them at home and then a few weeks later, we brought them back to school to be planted around the ground. some of them have now flowered and are very tall too.We have also been planting our own fruit and vegetables; strawberries, gooseberries, tomatoes, lettuce and peas in The Forest Kingdom, Year 1 outside area and around Mr Pascoe's shed at the back of school. 


We have also built a bug hotel to attract more minibeast on the school grounds, in The Forest Kingdom, and the children have even created a gardening rota to help water the plants during the very hot weather.


Pears have now started to appear in the bubble garden, near the bottom gate, and we have yet to see any apples on our apply tree so watch this space.


Next year we hope to plant more trees around the school grounds with the help of Nottingham County Council.

Catch videos on our VSP under the 'Whole School' tab for further green videos.


Saint Francis' work continues - update May 2017

Our work continues and we aim to develop the school grounds and environment even further.

Please see the video on the VSP link which shows you what we got up to in May.


Update 3rd October 2016, Report by Mrs Claire Snowdon (Parents Friends Group Coordinator)


We’ve been working on the school grounds for the last three weeks and our work has included cutting back overgrown hedges, weeding and digging over flower beds, painting the handrail near the school gate, tidying up the area around the Prayer Garden and laying new slabs to keep the area clean, preparing the area near the tap for a “Roman Road” and planting daffodil bulbs that were very kindly donated by Tesco. We’ve also installed four new colourful plastic tables/chairs for the children to use, replacing the old wooden ones.


Our primary focus has been around the pond area – we’ve painted the entire fence and gate, cut back overhanging trees, dug over and weeded the area around the pond, laid weed suppressant and bark chippings, planted lots of new plants, created new flower beds and made a bug hotel. The pond area is now a safe place for children to use and a very attractive place for lots of wildlife and bugs!


We still have some painting to do, mainly around the Reception classes, The Forest Kingdom and the Prayer Garden and need to continue cutting back overgrown hedges.