On Monday 12 July, me and 4 other students went to the Holmer Green Sensory Gardens to help turn a small plot of over grown land into a public garden for the community.
We started off talking to the man who was running the garden, he told us the plans and what he wanted us to do. He wanted us to separate as many rocks from the soil as we could so they could be used as the base for the path. We were given a large shovel, four rakes and a sieve. We brought some little garden spades and forks as well as a big bucket with us.
We had a few people raking the soil to make big piles of rocks and dirt. Once there were a few piles of rocks me and Mrs McShane started to separate the rocks from the dirt. I would shovel the dirt and rocks into the sieve - getting a bit of mud on Mrs McShane which she wasn’t happy about - then she would shake the sieve until the mud came out and it was just rocks and sticks. Mrs McShane tipped the rubble out into a bucket and we then put it on to the path.
Max, HGSS student
All of the students that volunteered their time to work on the Sensory Garden were a fantastic asset. It was hard work and very tiring, but they continued the whole time and had such a positive attitude. It was fantastic to see what had been achieved after just a few hours and we look forward to going to help again when we are back in September. More information can be found here:
Mrs McShane and Mr McMaster