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Garden Progress

April 2021
During lockdown, the virtual art club made doves from recycled milk bottles. Now we are back at school, we are bringing them together to create a flock of doves in Sophia’s Garden.
The idea was inspired by Michael Pendry
who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves.
You can find out more about his work here:
We hope our flock continues to grow, and provides a message of hope to our school community, just like Michael’s flocks.

March 2021
Sustainability and biodiversity is important to the Drake community, so we were excited when we received an offer of willow whips from a local landowner who has been creating a wildlife haven on his land.
Here is the willow being harvested ready to go into our garden:

This week, we planted 9 varieties of willow in the garden. These will all produce beautiful catkins that flower at different times of the year, which will be great for attracting bees and butterflies - a key goal for our Eco Council. Each willow is a different colour too which will help make our Wellbeing Garden more colourful.

The new willow will also provide us with a sustainable source of willow for future activities at school. We will be able to use cuttings for craft projects in Art and Forest School sessions. The children have requested living willow tunnels and domes, so in time we’ll hopefully be able to harvest enough willow of our own to create these. 


February 2021
Children have said they would like to be able to make art in Sophia’s garden using natural and found materials. So we have installed an outdoor weaving loom where children can weave in twigs, leaves and other things they find around the garden.
Another popular request has been a hammock to
provide a relaxing, quiet place for chilling out. So we now have a hammock site and a hammock has been donated that be can be taken out for children who will benefit from spending some time relaxing under a tree.



January 2021
The children have asked for birds to be hung for our trees, so in our online Virtual Art Club this month, we started making doves inspired by the work of the artist Michael Pendry who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves to spread message of peace and hope. 

We are making our doves from old milk bottles.
You can follow instructions to make your own dove here:

We hope to make enough doves to create a whole flock of them in the Summer term.
Here is a dove made at home by Lois, one of our Virtual art club members:

November 2020
Y3 Arts club are determined that there should be artwork in our garden. They decided that they would like to have wood slice mobiles to hang from the trees, so we took inspiration from Kandinsky and started making these mobiles.

October 2020
A donation of locally sourced logs means that we now have a log circle for storytelling times. Our children are already enjoying sitting around for meetings and stories.

October 2020
Our Children’s Art Council, Y3 Art club and some KS2 classes have been thinking carefully about what will make our garden a calm, peaceful place that will be good for our wellbeing. They are bursting with really thoughtful ideas including:

September 2020
We were excited by the installation of a Storytelling chair in our garden – or as the children are calling it, a Giant’s Throne!
We can’t wait for all the stories that will be told from this spot.