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Following on from the excellent planting days, in July it was time to celebrate with the pupils, and introduce the finished gardens to the parents. 

 

Following on from the excellent planting days, it was time to celebrate with the pupils, and introduce the finished gardens to the parents.  In July we held a series of workshop days with the pupils. 

The workshops were based around the interactive book ‘The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot – you can see more about it here: ‘http://www.ech2o.co.uk/the-mysterious-case-of-the-elephant-that-forgot-thank-you-to-our-sponsors and the children also engineered their own balloon racing figures, and had fun racing each other at the end of the workshop.

 At Lyngford Primary School we were really lucky to have the author Cath Hassell lead the workshops, and the children had great fun!  Our brilliant Engineers led the workshops at Holway Park Primary, and we think had as much fun as the children!

At the end of the school day, the parents were invited to come and look at the rain gardens where we were able to engage with them about climate change, the Sponge project, and what it meant for them.  It was really good to find so many parents have a good understanding of the issues, and a desire to help make the changes needed.

One additional thing we all gained from the days, was a much deeper respect for the teaching staff at the schools, and what a great job they do day in day out – we were off our feet after only a few tiring, but rewarding days

The 5W project is delivered by Westcountry Rivers Trust, in a pilot co-lead by Somerset County Council, and is funded by Interreg 2 Seas (and the European Regional Development Fund) and the Royal Academy of Engineers.