First Federation Trust
Thank you to everyone who has helped out or supported Westcliff Community Garden this year 🦋🌷🌿
We've had the official opening, plant sales, a good crop of fruit and veg, a new shed and some lovely donations of herbs, picnic blankets, plants and more.
The garden is looking fantastic and all ready for the growing season ahead. Classes have been making good use of the space and going on some bug 🐜 🐛 🐞 hunts and doing some bird watching 🐦. We will be using some funds donated from Bunny Homes to replace the old shed.
An update from our volunteers at the garden and our October newsletter:
We have filled one of the big planters outside the garden gates now with Irises, ornamental ivy, Cyclamen, ice plant (Delosperma), Campanula and wallflower plants as well as tulip, narcissus and allium bulbs for the Spring.
We have plants and bulbs for another big planter on the other side of the gate, but need some more top soil/compost - if anyone has any to spare do let us know please 🌿 🐞
Also sadly our noticeboard has suffered with the high winds and rain over the past couple of weeks - so is now empty again! If you find any of our notices do pop them over the fence, and if you have or can get hold of a big sheet of perspex do get in touch, as ours has now cracked ☹️
Our Community Garden 🪴 Project
Community Garden - September News
Community Garden News
The Community Garden project aims to provide a welcome green space for the community whilst improving health, wellbeing and educational opportunities. We plan to create a wellbeing garden that can be used by groups and individuals within the local area as well as the school community.
The garden will have several different areas and uses; a growing area for outdoor learning to teach children about nature and where our food comes from, a mindful/wellbeing area for some quiet space after the pandemic, a hive of activity for nature to flourish and to encourage wildlife into the garden, including a bug hotel. We will also have a picnic and wildflower area for families to come together. Within the garden area we will have a memorial for Louis, who was a pupil at the school.
We have some dedicated volunteers who have been clearing the site and getting it ready for the Autumn and the new growing season beyond. What we need now is to raise some funds for exterior paint, fencing and tools to help get us started.
AIMS is a group which supports children with additional needs and their families.
AIMS operates a free Saturday “drop in” group at Oaklands Park School, from 11.00 to 2.00pm, where paid play leaders and volunteers offer craft, cooking, music, games and a great outdoor space for letting off steam! Over the years we have bought and acquired a great deal of equipment and musical instruments including a digital drum kit and assorted bikes, scooters and games for children of all ages and abilities to play with. We can also use the school swimming pool. Families attend together and parents draw friendship and support from each other whilst all the children enjoy activities and play at whatever level suits them. We think of ourselves as a big happy family, the great thing about AIMS is there is no need to explain – children are just children.
Non-medical support to patients with their health and wellbeing.
Social Prescribing Team
The Costal Network
Channel View Medical Group/Teign Estuary Medical Group/Barton Surgery
Girguiding recruiting now
Manor Gardens - Furnishing a Bug Hotel
Our Eco group were invited to the Manor Grounds as part of the Green Spaces Project to help furnish a new bug hotel. They planted daffodils, wild flower seeds, trees and made a bug haven
The Helen Foundation
14 children from Unit 2 and Unit 3 took part in a bulb planting project run by the local history group and Teignbridge District Council to restore the rockery in the Manor Gardens to the original 'Meyer' design.
Queen’s Jubilee Green Canopy
We are delighted to have planted a tree for the Queens Jubilee Green Canopy - the FOW received funding from Dawlish Town Council to purchase the tree, bulbs and plaque - we are looking forward to seeing it bloom. We chose a Maganolia Tree as it is part of the tulip family which was one of the Queens's favorite flowers.