The Jordans Wildlife Garden to be rehomed with a number of worthy causes.
This July we unveiled our very first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Our Silver medal and The People’s Choice Award winning ‘Jordans Wildlife Garden’ was created by garden designer, Selina Botham, to reflect our long-term commitment to the British countryside. It is now been rehomed with several worthy causes to ensure that our promise to do others good is brought to its natural conclusion.
Following the show, the garden was given to a number of different worthy causes. The inner swathes was donated to three different schools working with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), a charity associated with The Prince’s Countryside Fund that we have supported for several years. FACE encourages young people to learn more about food, farming and the British Countryside through hands-on activities and visits.
The schools that will be receiving parts of the garden are Priory School, a special school for children with severe learning difficulties in Croydon. The pupils at the school are currently involved in weekly gardening work experience at a special needs gardening centre, and the donated Jordans Wildlife Garden will provide them with a great opportunity to practise these skills closer to home.
Downsview Primary and Nursery School in Croydon will also be receiving part of the garden. They will use this to help them progress towards becoming an eco school – which they currently have a silver award for. The garden will also be a great benefit to their already active gardening and environment clubs.
The final school to receive part of the garden will be Broadmead Primary Academy in Croydon, which is set in an area high depravation, characterised by poor health, overcrowding and workless households. The garden will go towards developing a number of learning experiences for the students, as well as providing an area for the pupils and their parents to learn about biodiversity and supporting wildlife.
The Jordans Mill in Biggleswade will be the recipients of the bug hotels and bespoke sculptured straw benches where they can be enjoyed by visitors, adding to the garden currently there that aims to educate adults and children about Jordans’ commitment to the British countryside and sustainable gardening practices.
The final aspects of the garden will be donated to the RHS Re-use Scheme, where the elements will go to help local communities and charities supported by the RHS.