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 for the Bilingual Primary School. This temporary building will be in place until Easter, so help was needed to reestablish a new growing space so BACA students do not miss out in the meanwhile.
Help was on hand form Lloyds Banking Group who sent a team of six volunteers for the day and a handful of parent alongside Pat Beach from the Moulsecoomb Forest and Wildlife Garden Project. With approx. 50 BACA year 7 and 8 students involved in the day and 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.
Our next stage is to establish an after school gardening club for students who are particularly keen in 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 Bilingual building has been removed, we will be able to increase the amount of raised beds so more students can take part and grow fresh food. We plan to carry out future action days each season so if you would like to gt involved then please get in touch.