20th October 2000 at 01:00
A week in the life of Sheringdale primary school, Wandsworth, south London

As the weather starts to turn wintry, the 255 pupils of this south London school will keep a reminder of the summer with them. For they have created their own artificial indoor garden. As soon as visitors come in, they see a huge tree and fountain in the foyer and as they go down the corridors they see leaves and insects painted on the doors. Headteacher Joan O'Pray says:

"It's keeping a bit of summer in our lives." The greenery was created for the school's modern art week. All the pupils, aged three to 11, went to the National Gallery to see pictures featuring gardens, and with help from the nearby Shene secondary school set about turning their school into a shrubbery. The indoor garden was also designed to complement an outdoor one paid for by parents. Both wre opened by Wandsorth's director of education, Paul Robinson. Part of the indoor garden is a series of four collage murals by the 60 pupils of Years 3 and 4 showing the changes to a landscape over 40 years of industrialisation. This won first prize in a competition about eco-awareness open to all Wandsworth schools and the pupils will receive their prize from the borough's mayor at the beginning of next month .

Snaps by parent Tony McConnell

Isabelle Lambert, left, and Katherine Arcnas Canas at the beehiveBelow: the helpers from Shene school

The formal garden created by the reception and nursery classes

Sea this: children admire the water feature

Paul Robinson opens the gardens with headteacher Joan O'Pray, the project's art co-ordinator, Wendy Lambert, and pupils

Wandsworth woods: the tree in the foyer

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