We are running a competition for one Leicester primary school to win an all-weather garden (see below for description) to be created in their grounds.

To get a chance to win the garden for your school, all you need to do is take part in our 30 Days Wild nature challenge. Can you and your students do something wild every day (or nearly every day!) for 30 days? This could include simple activities to learn about nature, spending time looking for or observing wildlife or doing simple things to help nature. You can find out more about the challenge as well as download activity sheets and lesson plans at: www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild/schools Please note that postal packs are no longer available.

A panel of judges from Leicester City Council and LRWT will pick a winner and then our team of Grow Wild gardeners will create the all-weather garden over the 2017 summer holidays.

To enter, you need to show us what wild things you have done with your students/class. This could be in the form of a story, poem, artwork, video or photo diary. We encourage teachers and pupils to be imaginative with their entries. The majority of the work should be done by the pupils, and can be created on paper, in 3D, as a short film or animation.

How to enter

To enter the competition, download the entry form (including the terms and conditions and judging criteria) here. Please note: schools that have previously received funding of over £1000 from People’s Postcode Lottery for their outside spaces cannot enter.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd July. Please submit your entries via the internet (e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox), by post or by hand, along with your entry form to Martha Rose: mrose@lrwt.org.uk or LRWT, The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE


What is an all-weather garden?

The final design, and therefore content of the garden, will involve the winning school. However the all-weather garden might include:

  • A garden that provides shelter from all weathers (primarily rain, sun and wind) via covered outdoor classrooms, planted windbreaks etc.
  • A garden that specifically offers interesting opportunities in inclement weather, in the form of sensory elements:
    • Sound and motion caused by the wind
    • Sound of rain, plus rain chains and rain cascades – possibly with barefoot sensory aspect
    • Shadow and light cast by sun eg: 'stained glass window' effects
    • Sound and/or a water feature powered by a solar panel
  • Exploration of all weathers – rain gauges, anemometers to measure wind, depth gauges in pond etc.
  • A garden that helps to demonstrates the water cycle.
  • Rain garden beds to capture rain water and clean run off.
  • Self watering beds for dry weather, plus drought tolerant planting.