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ACS Cobham students design new library garden


Five student teams aged 13 - 14, from ACS Cobham, were recently challenged to redesign the school's library garden, to make it an exciting outdoor learning space.

Each team worked on the designs for a year to a budget of £1700 and students presented their ideas to a judging panel in a 'Dragon's Den' format. The panel consisted of Sandy Cooley-Brown, from Squires Garden Centres; Alan Scott, Head of the Parent School Organisation (PSO); and Ray Frost, Head Groundsman at ACS Cobham.

'Roots and Shoots' was named the winning team and will get to see its winning design come to life over the summer months ready for the new academic year. Squires Garden Centres kindly donated £200 to the new outdoor area's build.

Students used 3D software to showcase their designs and had to consider the environment by including elements such as beehives, bird feeders and plants to attract wildlife.

A student from the winning team 'Roots and Shoots', commented:

"Everyone in our team is really excited to see our design created after a year's work on the project. Our design includes an area that's covered by a gazebo with cushioned seats, so it can be comfortably used by students visiting the library all year round. As well as working on the design, we had to allocate our budget and provide accurate figures for its construction."

Sandy Cooley-Brown, Assistant Plant Manager at Squires Garden Centres, said:

"Squires Garden Centres has been involved in this project with ACS Cobham since October 2017 and I was especially excited to be included as part of the judging process. All five teams did an excellent job in designing the new library garden, making it more useful and inviting for students. It's a great way to get young people involved in gardening and the outdoors."

Published: July 5 2018

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