The Ullswater Community College eco-garden was developed and transformed from a disused and unsightly part of the college grounds to an area which now attracts a range of wildlife and plants. For inspiration the students visited Grizedale Forest and had professionals from the Lake District national park and the dry stone walling association visiting the site who advised and worked alongside our students to create the eco-garden.
The success of the eco-garden has also been achieved with the support of local firms, which have all donated time, equipment and materials to help complete the project.
The eco-garden is now well established and many new projects in the garden have been completed including an Anderson shelter, a Yurt and raised vegetable gardens. The area now has a wildlife area and a pond.
Also projects for the eco-garden continue including the involvement of the History Department which will bring in coursework on the Second World War including a replica of the ‘dig for victory’ campaign which will see students try to replicate the conditions of the time in developing vegetable plots this project also involves the Anderson shelter.
The eco-garden is an important resource for the college it enables all our students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. The eco-garden also gives our students a chance to develop positive relationships through growing vegetables whilst understanding the green world around them.