Green fingers at Trailblazers Nursery
The children and staff of Trailblazers Nursery at Treverbyn Academy officially launched their brand-new garden project on Friday 15th February, all thanks to a £1,000 award from the Community Chest Grant Funding Scheme, managed by Local Councillor Sally-Anne Saunders, who came along to meet staff and children.
It’s a project close to Sally-Anne’s heart, “I learned to garden with my grandfather and it’s a life skill that stays with you always. A garden can act as a sanctuary and nurture the soul and being able to connect with nature from an early age will stand you in good stead your whole life”.
The nursery has long held the dream of creating a secure area, incorporating a sensory garden, where pre-schoolers can learn about all aspects of planting, caring for wildlife and growing their own fruit and vegetables. Treverbyn Academy has donated an area of unused ground, currently home to thick brambles, and a local landscaping and fencing company is on standby at February half term to begin works.
Trailblazer Nursery Manager Elaine Taylor commented, “Teaching children to nurture, care for and appreciate the outdoors is essential. In addition, our garden aims to promote a real understanding of where their food comes from, connecting the children with the circle of life in a hands-on, active and fun way”.
The children have already been thinking hard about what they’re going to grow in the wooden planters staff hope to purchase – parsley, carrots, strawberries and a beanstalk are popular choices so far! Flower pots, wigwams, compost bins and willow archways are also on the wish list, subject to ongoing fundraising activities by staff, parents and children.
Turning this green-fingered vision into a reality would not be possible without the incredible support to date of the Trailblazers Nursery and Treverbyn Academy community and grateful thanks must again be extended to Councillor Saunders for her wonderful donation to kick-start the project.