Pupils at Six Villages using their green fingers to benefit the community

  12 April, 2019

Can you dig it? Pupils and staff at Six Villages embark on their Space 180 project

We take a look behind the scenes with pupils at Ormiston Six Villages Academy, who are breaking ground on their #iwill project.

Pupils and staff at Ormiston Six Villages Academy today broke ground on their #iwill project, Space 180. Having identifed a lack of access to outdoor areas in the local area, the #iwill steering group of pupils have are creating an outdoor space for the whole community to benefit from. Based at the back of the Six Villages Academy site, these ambitious pupils are fundraising, campaigning and volunteering to transform this area into a beautiful community garden and educational space that can be used by Six Villages pupils, students from other schools, and the wider community.

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches trust.”

Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturist

Today, Year 7 and 8 pupils from the academy have teamed up with teachers and volunteers from Natures Way Foods to start clearing the wasteland area; armed with binbags, spades, rakes and more, the pupils have enjoyed being hard at work all day to start clearing the site: “We’ve been clearing the space at the back of our academy of rubbish and weeds so that we can make a space for pupils to learn in, and also for our community to come to as well. It’s really important to us to show people that even though we’re a small school when we work together with each other and with our community, things can be better for everyone.”

Well done everyone!

If you’d like to keep up to date with how the pupils at Six Villages are getting on, you can follow their Space 180 blog here.

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