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That Bloomin' Garden

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On Monday we made seed tapes with the grade three class that comes to the Ladner Community Garden. We made so many seed tapes that I was getting worried we wouldn’t have the space to plant them. So when the seed tapes were done, I brought them home and laid them out on my dining room table to make sure they dried out from all the glue the children used. Yes, some children were a little zealous with the glue so I hope it doesn’t affect the seed germination. I looked over all the seed tapes and tallied the seeds.

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The children used 979 seeds! Wow! Now that’s a lot of food for the food bank. That seemed like a lot of seeds but I sat down last night to see how much space we would need to plant them . If you remember from Mondays post I used…

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Picpost: Great Garden @ Lindisfarne Castle

‘Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views

Location has always been the main attraction for the owners and occupiers of Lindisfarne Castle.

From a former fort to the holiday home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.

The renovation by Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort, all the while overlooking Gertrude Jekyll’s enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing and striking reminder of Lindisfarne’s industrial past.

Before visiting please check the tide timetable to see safe crossing times for the Holy Island causeway and the latest opening times for the Castle.’

Source : National Trust website

Our Mud Kitchen

‘We’ve been very busy collecting to make a mud kitchen outside and at lunchtime today Miss Lowery and her mummy ‘Nessa’ put it all in position. We can use this space to explore all things muddy! Making mud mixtures, mud soup, mud stew, mud cakes and mud potions! This really helps our physical development, our knowledge of the world, communication and language and working together and sharing resources. Look at how much fun we’ve had already!…’

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Mepal playful landscapeThis is the second post in a series on projects to create playful landscapes, this one located in Mepal, near Ely, in Cambridgeshire.

This play landscape was created within an existing play area on the edge of the village recreation ground. Adjoining this was an area of overgrown woodland/scrub, with a seasonal pond, used to drain the playing fields next door. I was commissioned by the Parish Council to design and specify the new landscape.

The Parish Council held an extensive consultation process to discuss early ideas and this informed the final design. It was decided to retain elements of the existing play area (2 slides and a couple of climbing frames). The brief was to devise a broadly-based play experience for children of all ages that made use of the woodland and pond if possible, and had some features just for younger children. The budget was c£50,000, funded by the Government Playbuilder Programme and other local fundraising.

The final design features the thinning of the woodland to create greater natural play potential, and includes a new tree house structure with a bridge to a mound as well as restoring the pond to be a shallow, usable play feature.

An informal hedge of native species was also planted to provide greater definition to the play area, as well as increase biodiversity, and additional turfed mounding and bark surfacing was introduced to provide landscape variety.

Some old equipment was removed, and a new basket swing and cableway introduced. There is also a new sand and water play feature for toddlers with logs for climbing or sitting on. The Playful Landscape was completed in June 2010.

Other posts of relevance:

Natural Play- ten tips for parents

Natural play – by design?

Playful Landscape- Wensum Way, Fakenham, Norfolk

‘Free range’ children?-  seven tips for successful garden play

Old School Gardener

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