Sustainable planting at Windmill Hill Day Nursery
Green-fingered children and colleagues from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon have been showcasing their creativity by breathing new life into old furniture.
At the day nursery on Windmill Business Park, Whitehill Way, pre-schoolers have been delighted to help recycle and salvage a range of unwanted community play fixtures and fittings by transforming them into beautiful containers for a variety of plants, vegetables, herbs and even a miniature Christmas tree for the space outside.
The children independently used one-handed tools to scoop the soil into the planters, before planting the different crops and discussing what plants they have in their own gardens at home. The captivated group then spoke about how to best care for the new additions to the nursery, as well as the benefits of plants to the environment.
This activity is part of the nursery’s Eco-Schools curriculum, for which they have been awarded not one, but two prestigious ‘Green Flag’ awards – the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised scheme for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices at the setting.
Windmill Hill Day Nursery Team Leader, Stacey Acott explained;
“We have had a fantastic time getting our hands dirty with this activity and seeing the results of our hard work has been so rewarding. Not only has this initiative provided endless opportunities to be creative, but has helped us learn more about the environment and the exciting possibilities that recycling and upcycling can offer.”