Orchard Planting at Tollgate Primary School

Orchard Planting at Tollgate Primary School

With the help of the Lottery funded Orchards East project which has given us 36 wonderful heritage fruit trees we were able to get to work at Tollgate Primary School in December.

Our second project at Tollgate Primary, the children thoroughly enjoyed planting the trees and worked very hard to ensure that this was an orchard to be proud of. Indeed, they showed exceptional committment - as did the staff!

Tollgate Primary remains one of our most committed schools in the area and it is a pleasure to help grow food and conserve wildlife on these gorgeous grounds and with such a supportive group of teachers.

Our next project - number 3 on this site - will involve renovating the wildlife pond and putting in hedgehog boxes. Stay tuned!

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Meantime, we'll leave you with some photos of the children's activities from December.

Greener Growth worker Fiona Till and Tollgate kids
These guys mean business!
Budding gardeners in the making...These trees are going to have a great start!
tree support posts to the fore!
These guys and gals make a great team!
And lift!

Have a look at our first project at: Tollgate Primary School

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Tollgate Primary School

Tollgate Primary School


This won’t make the front pages, simply because Good News doesn’t sell many newspapers. . .

However, at Greener Growth we like to try and provide some balance in life, as we do in nature!

Just after completing the final touches for the Oaks Road Memorial Orchard, and before we start work on the St Olaves Woodland Project, we are continuing our work at Tollgate Primary School, thanks to the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.

We approached the Council in June, to ask for help to finish phase 1 of the wildlife gardens and pond area for their large concrete playground.

The application was completed, Joannah Metcalfe presented (beautifully) to the councillors at the recent meeting at the end of July and we started the work today! Hurrah!

Tollgate Primary School, Bury St. Edmunds | New planters and insect hotels

We know how much the work is appreciated by the parents, the staff, and the pupils at the school. We are very well supported by the teachers Claire Bates and David Morris. We received a lovely postcard from Claire just after they finished the Summer Term.

Hopefully the children will love the new bird feeder, the bird and bat boxes as well as the extra raised beds and seating areas.

Not only will this produce food, they will massively increase the biodiversity on site, as well as covering up some unsightly and unused drains. . .

A great example of the people in Bury St. Edmunds coming together as a community to support each other!

Phase 2 will be in the Autumn, if we can get more funding - watch this (green) space!”