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St Nicholas C of E Primary School East Challow

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School Garden and Forest School

Our Garden Project

17 July 2021


Garden blooming in the sunshine! Don't forget to listen in to Miss Palmer and two Year 6 pupils on BBC Radio Oxford tomorrow morning at 9.10am: and check out our new Facebook page: and Just Giving fundraising:



15 July 2021


Children from across the school have helped with sowing seeds, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting vegetables during dedicated lessons and gardening club. Some kids have also had the opportunity to taste what they have grown during fun club. We hope to be able to make more of our produce available to the community to raise funds for the school, and use what we have grown during outdoor cooking in forest school from September.




22nd June 2021

What a difference a month makes! 



23rd May 2021

New lunchtime gardening club to start this week! Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes 12:45 to 13:00 - let your teacher know if you want to be involved.


19th May 2021


This week St Nics have appeared in the Oxford Mail, where they did an article about the local builders who have donated money towards our garden and Forest School projects. Check it out here:


1st May 2021


Check out the photographs of before, during and after progress in completing the school garden. We have also been hugely helped with a donation from Crown Packaging's Benevolent Fund, and donations from our local community.  The generosity of our local community has gone such a long way in improving our learning environment.  Thank you all!












Here at St Nicks, we are really excited to be starting our journey to create a school garden and a forest school.

The school garden transformation has begun by clearing of the old sensory garden. We have saved any salvageable plants and structures, and are in the process of cleaning and repainting the fencing, and creating new vegetable beds from pallets.





From Easter, we will work with the children to plant vegetables, wildflowers and herbs and design and decorate the new garden.














We also hope to welcome a family of St Nicks Chics to a new coop very soon!












Phase 2 of our project from Autumn will be to start on our forest school adventures within the school grounds.


"No one will protect what they don't care about,

and no one will care about what they have never experienced"


~Sir David Attenborough~







What is Forest School?

AN FSA five minute introduction to 'What is Forest School?' A short but comprehensive look into the six principles what they do and why we need them.