Welwyn Garden City school’s very green garden unveiled

SCIENCE and geography lessons will never be the same again at one Welwyn Garden City secondary school.

For a new sustainability garden has been completed at Monk’s Walk School, bringing a new dimension to learning.

The garden, in the grounds of the school in Knightsfield, features a wormery, ‘bug hotel’, a solar-powered water feature and a stainless steel sphere depicting the world’s continents.

There is also a range of plants selected for their culinary, medicinal or environmental uses.

While it is intended for use primarily in science and geography lessons, there is scope for all departments to use the outside classroom in a creative way.

The garden is the result of a joint project between Monk’s Walk School and WGC-based pharmaceutical firm Roche, to educate pupils about preserving natural resources.

Headteacher Kate Smith said: “Our pupils and teachers are delighted with the sustainability garden as it will bring a new dimension to some of our core subjects such as science and geography.

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“It’s essential for children to be aware of environmental issues and to be responsible about the world they live in and through the garden they can now actively participate in learning about sustainability.”

Renata Crome, global head of pharma research and early development operations at Roche, said: “The project has allowed our employees to share their expertise and skills to the benefit of the students at Monk’s Walk School.

“We are really proud of the strong links we have developed with the school and look forward to expanding our partnership with them in the years to come.”