GOSPORT-based packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki UK has helped YMCA Nursery Gosport, at St Vincent’s Early Years Centre to makeover the children’s outdoor space.
It is now an area that is safe and fun to play in and a place where the children can learn about planting, growing food and looking after the environment.
The garden was opened on Tuesday, October 1 by the mayor of Gosport Cllr John Beavis and the mayoress of Gosport, Christine Beavis.
Present with enthusiastic responses were children, parents and nursery staff.
Huhtamaki worked closely with garden design student Anna Solrun Bates, from nearby Sparsholt College, who designed the garden to make it fun, educational and to feature recycled material where possible.
The planting was done in colourful recycled tyre planters made by Anna with compost made from Huhtamaki’s own compostable BioWare paper cups to give children the opportunity to grow flowers and vegetables.
With a composting bin and water butt to collect rainwater it really is an excellent way to educate the children about the world around us, and how to minimise our impact on it.
As well as being a space for the children to learn in, it is a place to have fun and the design included chalkboards, pictures of bugs and plants painted on the ground and a flower and plant scene mural painted on the shed to support the nature message.
Located in the grounds of St Vincent College, Gosport, the nursery provides excellent quality nursery childcare for children of parents who live, work or study in the Gosport area.
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