A Place to Be Ryeleaze

Ryeleaze School Corner Plot Garden

The Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School, on the corner of Brickrow and Ryeleaze Road in central Stroud, have asked for a shelter. This will provide a seating place for pupils to chat and socialise. So we drew up a design, and have started the construction of a rustic wooden structure.

During the winter, the ash hedge was coppiced and currants planted. Loads of vegetables and salad will go in this spring, for use in the school’s cookery sessions.

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You can see here the path and beds taking shape.







Raised beds

Ryeleaze is the upper school section of the Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School, the students we are working with so far are 13 – 14 years old. The aim of the project is to create a gardening and outdoor social space. 

Since spring this year, Richard’s Thursday team have been building raised beds for vegetables, a woodchip path, decking and compost bays. The school is keeping the rough grass mown.

From May, with Fred, through the summer term, there were six fortnightly sessions with students, who got involved with planting, sowing, weeding, watering, harvesting, and construction. Runner bean plant supports were made with hazel poles, and natural pieces of wood were sawed, drilled, and screwed to posts, as a sculpture.

The school is proactive in harvesting the produce and using it within their cooking classes, with some very creative dishes being made, making links from garden to food.

The students have engaged with the activities for some of the time, but they have also enjoy chatting together. Time will be given to asking for their design ideas and choosing what to do.

The learning has involved gardening skills such as recognising weeds, and different types of plant and vegetable. Also, how to sow and plant; water and harvest, how to save seed, together with maintaining vegetable and fruit plants.

The future plans at this site are to engage the students in designing a seating area with a rain shelter, and using pallets to construct benches and a table. Future growing schemes include autumn vegetable sowing: broad beans, spinach, onion sets; and planting up a soft fruit area.

For more information, call Clare at SVP on 01453 753358.

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