Fundraiser for a Dorchester school’s wildlife garden

School wildlife garden
Photos: KeeP 106

KeeP 106 is a Dorchester community radio station, who are celebrating their second birthday tomorrow, 28th July.

Rather than await gifts, Keep 106 decided to celebrate another way. The community radio station launched a birthday appeal to help Prince of Wales First School raise funds for a much-needed wildlife garden.

The primary school uses the wildlife garden for science lessons, where they’re able to offer “real life science experiences”.

Over the past two years, all at the school have been busy developing the wildlife area, which has become very much like a secret garden. Through regular community ‘makeover days’, they have been able to develop this space into an exciting learning environment.

The school keep chickens and guinea pigs that the children look after every day. Not only do their children learn how to care for these animals but it also provides a therapeutic resource for the emotional literacy programme and 1:1 care of pupils.

Additionally, the school encourage children to plant, nurture, pick and eat the produce, which is grown in the polytunnel and raised beds. Any excess is sold to the community from the school gate.

Julia Nineham, pre-school leader and a Governor

KeeP 106 aims to help raise £5,000 for the Prince of Wales First School, which will use the funds to make the wildlife garden accessible for wheelchair users in an aim to make the school more suitable for children with special needs, especially cerebral palsy.

The wildlife garden has enabled the school to build strong relationships with parents and grandparents because they are keen to volunteer to maintain the garden. Some examples of this include a family who donated an irrigation system for the polytunnel and raised beds; another parent helps with grass cutting, and grandparents have helped with painting the sheds and weeding the beds. Other community groups including Rainbows, Girl Guides and the Dorchester Opportunity Group during the day also use the space.

KeeP 106 spokesperson

To support the fundraiser, please visit their GoFundMe page.

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