As part of its Centenary Celebrations the school hopes to turn a patch of grass that is currently unused for most of the year into a beautiful environment for the school and the local community to enjoy, throughout the year and for years to come.
The school believes that the learning environment can have a positive effect on students’ attitudes and their achievements. Moreover, in addition to enjoying the garden and benefitting from it academically, students will also be able to share the responsibility for its maintenance.
The school also hopes that this project will enrich the lives of the local community. The facilities are currently used by the community – with children attending Saturday and holiday music and drama classes – and they will be able to enjoy this new space. The Centenary Garden will also be used to host new community music, drama and arts events.
Charlotte Rowe Garden Design in W14 was appointed as the contractor, following a full tender process. The toal cost of £180,000 needs to be raised within five years. Much on the work was completed during the summer holidays in 2016 to avoid disturbing the school. The photographs here show the result. You can see the wide pathways that have been created to facilitate swift and easy movement around the school which now has 742 pupils and 90 staff. The grass is still being bedded in and so is out of bounds. Additional planting, flowers, lighting and seating will be added before it is formally opened in September 2017.
The school PTA is now leading the fundraising efforts and is asking for support from individuals, user groups, trusts and civic organisations. The PTA has pledged £15,000 a year from its annual summer Garden Party and Christmas Fair over the next five years (£75,000) and has already handed over £25,000 to the school, leaving a further £80,000 to raise.
If alumnae are able to help with fundraising in any way – perhaps by lending their own expertise, or pointing the way towards a suitable trust or grant giving organisation, then please email Elizabeth Henderson.
Speaking in support of the school’s Centenary Garden campaign, local MP Greg Hands, said: “In September 2017, Lady Margaret School will celebrate its centenary. It hopes to open this new Centenary Garden as a fitting celebration of the past hundred years, as well as a legacy for pupils, friends, family, and members of the local community to enjoy. I wish the School well with its fundraising, and I thank them for the important academic and cultural impact that they have on their pupils and the wider community.”
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