Get your hands dirty! Hartford helps Braddan School grow outdoor learning

Wednesday 17th July 2019 |

Hartford Homes were delighted to make a very special, if somewhat surprising, delivery to the pupils of Braddan School, Douglas: a truckload of topsoil.

Fresh from one of the developer’s sites, the soil will find a welcome new home filling up the school’s 60 wooden planters, allowing the children to nurture plants, flowers and attract local insects.

Mrs Maddrell-Staines, Senior Education Support Officer at Braddan School, contacted Hartford earlier in the month to discuss the possibility of assisting her with the exciting outdoor learning project. She explained how the planters will benefit the children as part of their daily learning:

“I love being outdoors, and so do the children. Outdoor learning is generally beneficial to all children, but it’s especially helpful to those who might struggle in the traditional classroom environment. Getting out into our beautiful surroundings and using the planters has a great double effect: it encourages responsibility and expands children’s understanding of science and nature.

We’ll be dividing the planters throughout the school, giving each class seven planters to get creative with. They’ll be filling them in a variety of exciting ways, growing fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers to attract bees and help increase their declining population.

We’ve got a lot of big, outdoor learning projects planned which we’re looking to raise funds for, and we’re so pleased Hartford Homes were able to help us.”

Making the delivery, Martin Riley of Hartford Homes added: “We’re always thrilled to help our local community, and this brilliant project at Braddan School has allowed us to really get our hands dirty! It’s great to see spare materials from our sites used in a way that directly benefits children’s outdoor learning. We’re looking forward to coming back to see what you’ve all been growing!”

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