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Bready Jubilee Primary School, Strabane

BIG TREE PLANT DAY

Saturday 14th March was our community tree planting day held at the school.  We received the trees from the Woodland Trust in commemoration of 100 years since the start of WW1.  The trust are wanting to plant 4 million trees across Britain and Northern Ireland over the next couple of years and are giving trees and hedges to schools and community groups.  We received 30 hedging plants and 60 trees including cherry, hazel, silver birch, holly, hawthorn and rowan.  A team of volunteers, including some pupils arrived at the school at 10am and got down to work with spades gratefully loaned to us from Strabane Allotments.  The Friends of Bready provided light refreshments.  We didn’t plant all the trees as there was just too many but what we did plant were put beside the sensory garden in the hope of having, in a few years’ time a wee woodland area for the children to play in. The left over trees were given to the volunteers for their own gardens and there are still a few trees left over which will be given to members of the community.  A very big thank you to all volunteers who helped out on the day, a great time was had by all.

Diane Monteith(Bready Jubilee Gardening Club)

Sensory Garden

SENSORY GARDEN

When the children were on their half term holidays it was all hands on deck with the construction of our new Sensory Garden.  The work took place between Tuesday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  The weather was not exactly favourable for outside work but the hardy volunteers soldiered on to get the garden complete before the children came back to school.  For anyone who has seen the final outcome, I think you will agree that a fantastic job was done, especially when you consider that no heavy machinery was used just good old fashioned elbow grease!!  The new garden is packed full of interesting zones that include musical areas, rock and log piles, tyres and planters, a mud pit, a fire pit with surrounding seating, a ‘den’, crazy paving, textured paving stones, bark and gravel surfaces, a bird bath and crawl tunnel.  The existing raised beds were removed to be relocated at a later date closer to the poly tunnel.  A herb garden, wild garden and willow arch are also features.  When the weather gets better the area will be re-sown with grass seed adding the final touch.

A great big thank you needs to be given to all the volunteers: Adrian Preston, James Preston, Simon Preston, Raymond Monteith, Gusty Kee, Stuart Thompson, David Thompson and Rosalind Young.  Sara Monteith, Hannah Young and Corine Young, all pupils at the school all helped as well.  THANK YOU all of you for giving your time and doing such a great job that will be enjoyed by the school and community for many years to come.

 

Diane Monteith (BJPS Gardening Club)