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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wed 28th March 2012 - Oakfield Primary School, Ryde.

And yet another new venue for Green Gym, this time it was at the "new" Oakfield Primary School at Ryde. (This school is what we all previously knew as Bishop Lovett.) The school has wonderful grounds with playing fields that have excellent views across the Solent. Mark informs us that this is the 22nd school that GG have visited over the years....!

The western boundary to these ground is woodland, which where the majority of our tasks were based. To enable the children to get an understanding of nature, they have established a "Woodland School" and we were to help out with the expansion of previous work. One team set about cutting back the overgrowth to make a new clearing whilst others enlarged existing clearings and paths. The emphasis was on making the areas both safe and interesting for the children and judging by the group that were there on Wednesday morning, the Woodland School is a real success! One team spent sometime cutting back a very overgrown area (lots of brambles!) to allow wheelchair access from the playing field into part of the woodland.

Separate to the work in the wooded area, some of the GG team were working closer to the school preparing the ground for raised beds (to be fitted later). This will give the younger children somewhere to plant up and watch things growing.

During this work session, the County Press arrived so keep your eyes peeled for yet another CP mention of Team GG.....!

Many thanks for the photograph Carrie.

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