July 10, 2018 Blogs, News, Project update

Raised Beds at Westley School

 

Our founder director Joannah Metcalfe has always employed the values and systems of permaculture.
Whilst this latest set of raised beds do look rather outstanding, and have great value for education, biodiversity as well as being food producing. . . they are also designed with permaculture principles in mind.
Principle 11 to be precise;
‘Use edges & value the marginal’
‘Don’t think you are on the right track just because it’s a well-beaten path’
The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
‘Transforming the urban edge’

The urban environment is full of edges, each with it’s own unique potential for transformation.

You can see more examples of this on the Permaculture Principles website

Not only can parents, teachers, students and visitors see how nature operates as they walk past – it also prevents those nasty brown patches where everyone cuts the corners! The seats add respite from the heat, allow for social interaction, as well as good access to the beds for those less able to stand. Of course, one of the major advantages of the raised bed is the accessibility for people that can’t reach the ground.

Raised garden beds (also called garden boxes) are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. They keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.

We have all four corners of the largest green completed, and we are picking red onions, potatoes and herbs already! This is the first corner of the smaller green at Westley with three more to go!

This particular corner has only been possible to install because of the Tesco Bags of Help

We are reliant on funding and grant money to do this valuable work. The whole community at Westley will benefit, and anyone that would like to help can do so here

Stay hydrated and enjoy the sun ☀

 
Written by Green Gage