The Landscape Group helps to create a new urban farm for Pebble Brook School
Pebble Brook School in Aylesbury won Mix96’s Community Challenge when their idea for an urban farm on a patch of disused ground at the school grabbed the imagination of the judges who crowned them the winners. Their prize enabled the school to benefit from £2,000 worth of building materials and labour donated by Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust to create the farm. The Landscape Group was one of a number of organisations to donate time and labour, enabling the completion of the project within the budget.
The urban farm will teach pupils how to nurture and study small animals, ranging from rabbits to ducks. The school provides specialist support for 11 to 19 year olds with communication and interaction needs living in the Aylesbury Vale district. The farm will be integrated into the pupils’ curriculum, with the prospect of gaining a qualification.
Work began on 7th April and has developed into a much bigger project than first expected.
David Miller, Head Teacher at Pebble Brook, said:
“Vale of Aylesbury Housing have been absolutely fantastic from the start of this development, from planning the build to finding the animals locally. The pupils and all of the teaching staff are excited to see the finished farm and will certainly benefit from all of the effort that has been put into making the project a success.”
Jimi Bryan, Contract Manager for The Landscape Group in Aylesbury said:
“The plot of land that we have turfed will be used as an outdoor seating area for the pupils. They also have a freshly rotavated area ready for planting vegetables which will be used in the school kitchens, encouraging healthy eating. We were very happy to be able to get involved in such a worthy project and hope that the students really enjoy their fantastic new farm.”
The cost of the project, through generous donations from the Trust, Travis Perkins, Amey and The Landscape Group now totals over £15,000 – including labour and materials.