Skip to main content

Where butterflies and badgers dwell

THE GROUNDS of Eureka primary in Derbyshire are providing food for children's minds ... and their stomachs.

The 130-pupil school in Swadlincote has an allotment, a secret garden, a sensory garden and there are plans to create a protected nettle patch for bees and a wildflower area for butterflies.

The allotment, named Goldie's Garden after the school's teddy mascot, has been created outside Jacqui Johnson's Year 5 classroom on a patch of ground where at one time stood a condemned, asbestos-ridden shed.

The class is now growing runner beans, tomatoes, courgettes, herbs, marrows, leeks and strawberries. The vegetables are given to the school's kitchen and served to the children.

A path has been cleared through a wood in the school grounds leading to a badger set. Darryl Parker, chief digger, was once a pupil and is now a parent-governor and caretaker. He said: "I cleared a path up the hill and there was an opening, a perfect place where the trees were in a circle, that became the secret garden with fairies, fairy doors, faces on the trees and wind chimes."

The school is a finalist for the DfES Teaching Award for sustainable school of the year, and it is competing in the BBC's Great British Village Show, to be screened in June.

Log in or register for FREE to continue reading.

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you