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Ebor Gardens Volunteers Create Outdoor Oasis

Staff at Ebor Gardens Primary in Leeds pulled on their wellies and gloves and gave up their own time to transform a run down area of the school grounds into a green oasis perfect for outdoor learning.

Nestled within the grounds of Ebor Gardens is Dylan’s Wood, a small wooded area named in memory of a former pupil. It had fallen into disrepair over time and staff and students were unable to use it.  Recognising the importance of outdoor education in a city location where green spaces are scarce, staff members at Ebor Gardens stepped up to the challenge of breathing new life into this neglected area.

A passionate team of staff, along with some family members, rolled up their sleeves and embarked on a day-long mission to transform Dylan’s Wood. With a combination of expertise, creativity, and sheer determination, the wooded area underwent a remarkable makeover. What was once an unused space has now been transformed into a vibrant learning environment complete with digging areas, seated spaces, teepee dens, planters crafted from recycled wood, a bug high-rise hotel, and a den-building corner.

Lee Spink. Vice Principal at Ebor Gardens, said: “The commitment and dedication of the staff who volunteered their own time to deliver this woodland makeover will make a huge difference to the learning experience for our pupils. They worked together brilliantly and demonstrated their dedication to the children of Ebor Gardens.  Many of them do not have the luxury of gardens or green spaces. The great outdoors provides a unique and enriching environment that fosters holistic development, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the world around us, and it’s important that we can provide that in school.

“This is just the beginning of an exciting journey at Ebor Gardens as further grants and opportunities are in the making to develop our wood further. We can’t wait to see this come to fruition – so watch this space!”