Our School Grounds: Designing your Space

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Designing your space:

Use the wide variety of resources available on the Polli:nation website to help support your planning and designs.

Explore our Design Activities on the right hand side – click the picture to explore the resources further.

Here are some Key Points to consider before organising your development work:

Location of each development

Consider placing key developments in prominent places to shout about your hard work – highlight to teachers, parents and students the work that is going on.

Teaching Areas – Are they easily accessible from classrooms for regular use? Distance and access

Beds, borders and planters – Is the proposed area shaded by buildings/trees? Is there protection from the wind? Is it close enough to buildings to make on going maintenance easy?

Wildflower meadows – Shaded or unshaded locations – choose the right seeds. Ensure shaded areas aren’t too close to trees as they will compete for water.

School Planning

Size – How much room do you have to play with?

Water – Is there easy access to a water supply? Or room for water butts?

Prioritising ideas

(see more detailed guidance on how to prioritise ideas here)

There are lots of low level developments that can make a huge difference to your grounds and the habitat it can support.  But what to do first?  Look at our calendar of developments for help.

Some elements will need prioritising.

Case Study: Trythall Community School have begun hedge planting (Oct – March) first as this will provide their planters, borders and garden space with shelter from the wind – without this things will struggle to grow!

Some elements such as ensuring wide grassy borders on playing fields can begin as soon as you have agreed work with your maintenance team.  These grassy borders may support more wildlife than 100 raised beds…(See maintenance document)

Split your plans in to sections and prioritise according to what kind of development it is (planters, borders, pots / wildflower meadow / hedging / orchards ) and the best time of year to get them started.

Putting together a design

A sketch, a dreamscape can be all it takes to propel your project in  to reality for teaching staff, students and potential volunteers.

Make sure students and staff can develop their own designs / add ideas and feedback too.

Designs can be modeled, drawn, put together on base maps – choose what fits you and your school.

Click on the pictures below to explore the Design Activities