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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wed 8th April 2015, St Mary's School, Ryde.

Mark's Photographs.

Creating the clearing....

A nice open air classroom!

Above and below - the old watercourse.

Sue's Photographs.

Removal of dangerous fencing.

Spot the cricket..

The next generation of frogs at the spawn stage.

Carrie's Photographs.

Just some of the litter we collected.

It was back to school for Team GG this week even though everyone else was on the Easter holiday. We have visited this venue several times in the past but it was back in 2011 when we last worked there.  The school is lucky to have an allotment area, a pond and quite a large area of woodland - all within the grounds. We were tasked to work on all those areas for this session with multiple jobs in each area. One team set about cutting back a clearing at the northern end of the woods and opening up the walkways for the children to have full access. The hedging around the pond area was given a much needed "haircut" and the overgrown areas of brambles were all trimmed back. Up in the growing area, some of the raised vegetable beds were dug over and will now be ready for planting. The team that were working in the woods discovered more of the stone work that we had found on a previous visit. We think this might have been part of a watercourse from when this was part of the formal gardens of St John's Park, sited here before the school was constructed. (see link below)
The weather was sunny and warm, almost like a summer day - hopefully a sign for GG sessions to come...!

St John's Park 1797 to 1803: Remodeling of the grounds and creation of park by Humphry Repton notable landscape gardener.'  Source Please note - St Mary's School was built in the grounds of what was the Bishop Lovett School now known as Oakfield Primary School.

Photographs kindly supplied by Sue, Carrie and Mark.

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