Bute Cottage Community Garden
The land adjacent to the School is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Education Service and has been left open for community use for a number of years. In 2011 the school were given permission to develop the site with the wider community for joint school and community use. This involves capital expenditure, so the school and local community groups are planning to bid for grant funding to support the development in a variety of ways.
The proposed development plan for the Community Garden is in 2 phases:
Phase 1 involved the planting of an orchard and wildflower area which was completed in the Summer term 2014. The 10 native fruit trees were sponsored by local groups and businesses. The children also planted pollinator plants outside the Nursery perimeter fence, provided through a grant from Tidy Wales.
To mark the World War 1 centenary the children and parents sowed poppy seeds in a wildflower area, and this will continue annually. Picnic benches have also been provided by the school, and an area for garden composting has been established. Phase 1 has been completed.
We are looking forward to working with young people from Elfed Church Youth Group, Trinity Guides and students from Stanwell School on the next phase of the garden project. Phase 2 will involve installing raised beds for community groups to plant flowers and vegetables and a variety of paths with a central mosaic feature ensuring wheelchair users can access both planting beds and the garden.
We anticipate there will also be a grassed area for families to play in, hopefully with some twmps to run or roll down. The Woodland Trust have also provided a variety of trees to encourage birds and wildlife which currently form a small copse inside the orchard fence. A bin, benches and seating will be installed, benches sponsored by Wasons of Penarth and BATS Penarth.
There will be a small hard core area for parking for school visitors and the local charity Tools with a Mission. There will also be an open area near the parking.
As stated, this will be a Community garden for open community use.
If you have any further ideas for the development of the garden or would like to get involved, please keep a look out for our termly 'Garden Workshop Weekends' or ring the school and speak with Mrs Gould.