RHS garden to be donated

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Jordans Wildlife Garden designed by Selina Botham is to be divided into sections and given to a number of different worthy causes.

Jordans garden
Jordans garden

The inner swathes will be donated three different schools working with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), a charity associated with the Prince’s Countryside Fund that Jordans have been involved with for several years.

FACE encourages young people to learn more about food, farming and the British Countryside through hands-on activities and visits.

The schools that will be receiving parts of the garden are Priory School, a special school for children with severe learning difficulties in Croydon. The pupils at the school are involved in weekly gardening work experience at a special needs gardening centre, and the donated Jordans Wildlife Garden will provide them with a great opportunity to practise these skills closer to home.

Downsview Primary and Nursery School in Croydon will also be receiving part of the garden. They will use this to help them progress towards becoming an eco school – which they have a silver award for.

The final school to receive part of the garden will be Broadmead Primary Academy in Croydon, which is set in an area high depravation, characterised by poor health, overcrowding and workless households. The garden will go towards developing a number of learning experiences for the students, as well as providing an area for the pupils and their parents to learn about biodiversity and supporting wildlife.

The Jordans Mill in Biggleswade will be the recipients of the bug hotels and bespoke straw benches.

The final aspects of the garden will be donated to the RHS Re-use Scheme, where the elements will go to help local communities and charities supported by the RHS.

The design of the garden is rooted in the importance of Nature Friendly farming – a sustainability farming protocol that asks each Jordans cereal farmers to devote at least 10 per cent of their farmed areas to support wildlife.

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