The Greening Parli project took a holistic approach across the whole of the back of the school grounds. This aim was to incorporate all areas of sustainability into a whole school eco-system, from increasing biodiversity and well being, to tackling food waste and fast fashion.
In the first 6 months of the project May – Oct 21 a lot had already been accomplished.
Feminist orchard and wildflower meadow
Over 15 fruit trees have been planted in a circle. Apple, pear and plums. These trees have a long season of interest. From spring blossom to autumn fruit. They are a real symbol of hope and renewal. The Parli Hill climate action group decided that these trees would be named after famous feminists from through out history. Each tree has a plaque with a dedication. Such a fab concept. School assemblies were held to select the dedications. Watch this space for what names were chosen….
With over 97% of UK wildflower meadows having disappeared since WW2 due to Industrial farming, the girls decided it was vital that we all do out bit to encourage wildflowers back and decided to plant a meadow.
On a boiling hot day 50 square metre patch of Lindum wildflower turf was laid to create an instant wildflower meadow with seasonal interest for 8 months of the year. For the rest of the year, our meadow will look like a highly textured lawn. The wildflower meadow will provide a wonderful school English and Art project.
Forest Garden and Wildlife Pond
Next up, a forest garden and wildlife pond was built during Oct half term.
It is said that a wildlife garden without a pond is like a theatre without a stage! This pond will be surrounded by marginal plants and filled with oxygenators. It will be a magnet for attracting wildlife: from frogs, toads.
Coming up next Spring 22 veg beds and a herb spiral will be built.
Read about the project in the Ham&High
Check out their beautiful seed pack designs!