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Green Team

Here at John Burns we love getting our green fingers stuck into environmental work! Each year we create a school green team which comprises of two children from each year group. The aim of the team is to raise awareness of environmental issues related to the school and the wider world.

With the help of every class in the school and the green team, in 2012 we were prestigiously awarded the ‘Most Sustainable School Garden’ in Wandsworth by Covent Garden Market!  In addition, the green team have worked hard to acquire the ‘Bronze and Silver Eco Awards’.  We have a close relationship with the Royal Horticultural Society and children and staff have been involved in a range of activities, including planting an apple tree with staff from the RHS.

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Our school garden, “JB’s Blooming Patch”, was named by the children and is a peaceful part of our school grounds. The children love going into the garden to carry out mini beast hunts, science experiments, art work and even love to use it as a quiet zone for reading at lunch times.

JB’s Blooming Patch Makeover on 14th June 2017

A huge thank you from everyone at John Burns to Fantastic Gardeners (which is part of Fantastic Services), for kindly donating their time and materials to transform our Blooming Patch for us all to enjoy and maintain. A special thank you is also deserved to one of our Gardening Club pupils; Amaia Y4, who had originally written to Fantastic Gardeners on behalf of John Burns for their advice and assistance, on how to keep our Blooming Patch a “happy garden” through Autumn/Winter.

In reply, we received a “fantastic” offer this Spring from Fantastic Gardeners, to help us entirely transform our Blooming Patch. Our pupils will be able to enjoy their revamped outdoor space to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers throughout the Summer months ahead. “I was so shocked, I thought they had forgot about my letter. I was definitely amazed when I opened my eyes, we have such a happy garden now.” Amaia Y4

“I love the owl in the middle, the garden looks great! We have so much space to plant vegetables in Gardening Club now.” Ella Y3 “It looks fantastic! I love the long flower bed. I want to thank Fantastic Gardeners and also Amaia for sending her letter.” Nathaniel Y4

Click on the link to read and view the Evening Standard News Article Fantastic Services

 

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Evening Standard News Article;

A primary school pupil was left amazed after a gardening firm which she wrote to asking for advice on decorating the school’s garden organised a secret makeover.

Amaia Agyeman, 9, sent a handwritten letter to Fantastic Gardeners asking for help in decorating the communal plot at John Burns Primary School, in Battersea. She said pupils would "love to have a happy garden again" in the letter.

The owners were so impressed by Amaia’s appeal for help, they sent workers to the school to secretly redevelop the plot for free during half term. Amaia, a member of the school’s gardening club, wrote to the firm after noticing their van in the area. Speaking moments after the garden was revealed, Amaia said: “I can’t believe my letter has led to this amazing transformation.“It’s such a generous thing to have done. We will take such pride in our school garden now.”

Olive Swaby, Amaia’s teaching assistant, helped the gardening experts keep the transformation a secret from the school children.She said: "We are delighted to be able to use this space as a hands-on, outdoor, learning environment. Our gardening club will be delighted to welcome more aspiring gardeners to sign up and enjoy this fantastic experience."

The gardening firm is run by Fantastic Services, which runs cleaning and maintenance services across London. Simon Mills, head of franchise at Fantastic Services, said: “As soon as we saw the letter from Amaia we knew that we wanted to help her and the school gardening club. “We think it’s great to teach children from an early age to love and learn to garden. We’re providing the kids with seeds, watering cans and gardening tools so that they can continue to add to the garden and watch it blossom.”