First steps towards Spalding Academy peace garden

Ready to sow native wild flower seeds from Kew Gardens are Ance Jaksta, Laura Lewska, Mantuydas Stanivlis, chairman of Friends of Academy Rachel Ashby, Algis Mecislauskas and garden designer Zoe Crane.
Ready to sow native wild flower seeds from Kew Gardens are Ance Jaksta, Laura Lewska, Mantuydas Stanivlis, chairman of Friends of Academy Rachel Ashby, Algis Mecislauskas and garden designer Zoe Crane.
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The first seeds have been sown at a new community garden at Spalding Academy, designed to give students a place for quiet reflection.

The Woodland Peace Garden was the brainchild of the Friends of the school and the first wildflower seeds were planted by student Zoe Crane, who won a competition to design the area.

The Friends of Spalding Academy have cleared the previously-neglected piece of land on the school grounds, which is now ready for landscaping.

The idea is that the peaceful area will be enjoyed by students and staff as well as the local community.

Zoe was inspired by ideas from working with her dad in their own garden and wanted to create a space that was relaxing and where people would feel close to nature.

The wildflower seeds were donated by the Grow Wild Organisation, run by Kew Gardens, and the project is supported by Springfields gardener Andy Boyton and Karen Johnson at South Holland District Council.

The Waynflete Charity has made a donation towards the garden and South Holland Rotary Club has given £100. Offers of wood chippings and bulbs have also been made.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Services are also continuing to offer support.

Executive head teacher Laurence Reilly said: “We are grateful for the hard work and commitment shown to the school by the Friends, who show valuable support to both the school and the local community.  

“The peace garden will provide a space for students to be able to have time for quiet reflection during the school day.

“We look forward to seeing this project develop further.”