AMBITIOUS plans to turn fields at the back of the old Greasley Beauvale Primary School into a special garden dedicated to DH Lawrencehave been unveiled this week.
Staff at the school are designing a garden for children to use as part of their studies, which they would also open up to other schools and to the community.
The site will be called The Rainbow Garden, named after one of Lawrence’s best-selling novels, and will include an allotment, multi-sensory paths, a wildlife pond and an outdoor sheltered classroom.
Michelle Spittal, the chair of the Friends of Greasley Beauvale School, is leading the project.
“We thought it was too good an opportunity to miss for the children and the rest of the community,” she told the Advertiser.
“The garden will be a place for children to learn about nature, with a wildlife area, and it will give them a chance to grow things for themselves.
“This is a big project but the rewards will be a real asset.
“We are very keen to keep the DH Lawrence connection alive – from the site there are fabulous views of the local area which Lawrence called ‘the country of my heart’.”
The allotment will be soley for pupils at Greasley Beauvale School but the rest of it will be open to the whole community, including pensioners at Edward House care home around the corner.
Organisers now need funding for the project and members are currently applying for various grants to see what they can get.
“We as a group have obviously been fundraising for a while, but most of it is allocated to different projects around the school already,” Ms Spittal said.
“We wouldn’t be able to afford the project on our own.
“We need the practical support of local people who can help us create and maintain the Rainbow Garden.”
The field already includes seating in the shape of a ‘D’, a planter in the shape of a ‘H’ and willow trees in the shape of an ‘L’.
The school, which has just re-located to a new build around the corner on Main Road, also has a rainbow in its logo to maintain its connection with the famous author.
The old building, where Lawrence famously went to school, goes to auction on January 26.
If anybody can help with funding the project ring the school and ask to speak to Clare Jones or email firstname.lastname@example.org.