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Bucks garden centre partners with school for leavers present

Members of staff wanted to give the children something meaningful as they move on

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:56pm 16th July 2020. (Updated at 1:57pm 16th July 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks garden centre partners with school for leavers present

Year 6 students at Great Horwood School will be taking home a gift from Buckingham Garden Centre.

Great Horwood school has partnered with Buckingham Garden Centre in Buckinghamshire to give students leaving today a meaningful gift. 

The schools ethos committee came up with the idea to give each child a plant on their last day, which is today.

Great Horwood leavers

Janthea Brigden works at the school:

"It's something that will grow with them in the next stage of their life. Something that they could look after, watch and see develop. 

"Buckingham Garden Centre have been fantastic, the children where are able to choose one that appeals to them and that will be right for their garden.

"the other thing I have done is provide an individual care sheet for each plant for each child. So every child will have a sheet that will help them give it the right light and food, so it really is a nurturing experience."

Instead of payment for this partnership, the school have asked instead that a donation to mental health charity Lindengate is considered. 

Great Horwood leavers

Janthea says she fully supports the charities work:

"Lindengate allows people to come into their wonderful space and garden, and that obviously helps with wellbeing and mental health.

"Neuroscience has proven a lot that it is important to feel safe and relaxed in order to learn and absorb new inform nation. At Great Horwood School this is something we really believe in. So there was a fantastic synergy in this triple partnership.

"If you are recovering from mental illness and you would like to be a gardener there it is possible to be referred by your GP."

The school will also be giving children photos of their friends from school, to remind them of the fun memories and help make up for the missed time during lockdown.

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