Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust open new all-weather garden

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, it has designed and built an all-weather garden at Mellor Primary School in Leicester. The garden has been designed to help teachers from the Leicester city centre primary school encourage children outdoors and teach them about nature.

To celebrate the opening of the all-weather garden, pupils, parents and staff were invited to an official ribbon cutting opening ceremony on 27th September. The event allowed invited guests to have the first look around the garden and explore its pond and dipping deck, bird and bat boxes, its drought garden, as well as the sheltered outdoor classroom.

Simon Bentley, Director of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted to officially open the all-weather garden at Mellor Primary School to staff, pupils and parents. The garden was designed by the Trust’s Grow Wild gardener Matthew Herbert to not only withhold the great British weather, but to help both children and teachers engage with the environment around them through a number of different activities.

“Following the results of an online survey that we commissioned with the support from People’s Postcode Lottery, we became aware that despite 17% of city schools only having access to concrete play areas, 92% of schools considered it “very important” for children to have the opportunity to be taught outside in the school day. So we are delighted to provide Mellor Primary School with a dedicated area to teach their classes outside and we hope that the garden will provide many opportunities for children to learn about the natural resources around them.”

Karen Hammond, headteacher at Mellor Primary School, said: “As a school we are proud to be part of the Wild Forest School initiative. Personally, I am a big supporter of outdoor learning and have recently completed my Forest Schools training, so I am excited to put what I’ve learned into action in our new garden. The children are also eager to get outside and explore.”