Teachers from all over Europe visited a village primary school and opened its new garden as part of an international Erasmus project.

Welford and Wickham CE and Stockcross CE primary schools hosted 19 visitors from Turkey, Lithuania, Romania and Greece for a week, with a focus on a better attitude towards the environment.

As well as opening the school’s new garden on Wednesday 18 May, the group also visited Highclere Castle, historic Bath, and enjoyed a traditional British afternoon tea during a lesson. bakery at school.

Teachers from across Europe inaugurated the new garden at Welford and Wickham CE Primary School

A post on the Friends of Welford and Wickham Primary School Facebook page said: ‘We would like to thank all the staff and pupils who made this trip such a success and all the places that have hosted us throughout of the week.”

Erasmus projects aim to help teachers learn different techniques and methods in the classroom by bringing them into contact with other educators across the continent.

Although Welford and Wickham’s project has been virtual for the past two years, it has meant students have been able to get involved, which is not normally the case.

Teachers from across Europe inaugurated the new garden at Welford and Wickham CE Primary School
Teachers from across Europe inaugurated the new garden at Welford and Wickham CE Primary School

Students participated in lessons from other schools via videoconferencing software and were also allowed school visits.

The main objective of the Erasmus project is to learn how to intelligently consume energy, food, water, waste and other resources to help the environment. The new garden was a key part of this.

What was once an unused and unloved area of ​​grass in front of Welford and Wickham Playground has been transformed into a beautiful natural area with both educational and welfare benefits.

The garden has nurseries and planting areas for each class so that students can participate in weeding, planting and caring for the plants they grow. The school also has some students who are responsible for watering the plants every day.

Teachers from across Europe inaugurated the new garden at Welford and Wickham CE Primary School
Teachers from across Europe inaugurated the new garden at Welford and Wickham CE Primary School

Welford and Wickham also taught their pupils how to save energy, which Principal Lynne Valentine was proud to say they had taken into account.

She said, “We need to save energy and make our students more aware of protecting the planet.

“They have already learned a lot from the project. Often they are the ones who say “Oh, you left your whiteboard on” or “You left the lights on” and they tell us to turn them off. »

Parent volunteers, staff, their families and students all came together to create the school’s new interactive green space.

Much of the money used to fund the garden project was raised by Lara Wilson last year during a walking fundraiser she organized for the school.

Lara, nine, from Boxford, walked 50km in the countryside around her home last February and raised £1,135 for Welford and Wickham.

Lara undertook her 50k fundraising challenge last year (56946001)
Lara undertook her 50k fundraising challenge last year (56946001)

Lara’s father Steve Wilson said at the time: ‘We are just amazed at the level of support from friends, family and the local community.

“Originally the target was just £150 but in fact now it’s soared above £1000 which is pretty incredible.

You can read more about his fundraising here.