Memorial Garden funded at Winterton Junior School

Winterton 2022 funds Kathryn’s Corner at Winterton Junior School

We are very proud to have funded a memorial garden that has opened at Winterton Junior School to help children grow fresh produce and learn about where their food comes from.

“Kathryn’s Corner” was opened by Lady Margret Mason in memory of Kathryn Hawley, a pupil of the school who recently passed away.  

Headteacher Mrs Logan said: “We held the opening and Memorial Service for Kathryn’s Corner on the afternoon of Monday 18th June in the school playground.”

“The service was very well attended, and included the whole school, members of Kathryn’s family and the Winterton Community as well as representatives from all the organisations that had contributed to the creation of the garden. Readings were delivered by staff and pupils, the school choir sang a selection of songs and Lady Margaret Mason officially opened the garden.”

Kathryn’s Corner will be used as a quiet area during playtimes; for reflection, quiet conversations and reading books, as well as a space for guided reading sessions and an additional teaching space for the school. Additionally, the garden is an extra planting area for the school’s involvement with the Winterton 2022 Incredible Edible project.

Incredible Edible is a project delivered by Winterton 2022, who are a Big Local funded organisation. The project is based upon the original Incredible Edible in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, which encourage people to get involved with growing and sharing food.

Winterton Junior School involvement in the Incredible Edible scheme means that pupils get the opportunity to grow produce during their weekly afterschool gardening club. During the sessions pupils learn a variety of gardening skills and have the opportunity to put those skills in to practice over the year. This includes setting seeds, weeding, watering, and harvesting the produce.

Kathryn’s Corner will act as an expansion of the partnership with Winterton 2022. The school already has planters, and a recently installed potting shed for children to grow produce, and once grown residents are invited to help themselves and enjoy the herbs, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Mrs Logan, Headteacher at Winterton Junior School said: “We are thrilled to be involved in the Incredible Edible project and are delighted that Winterton 2022 were able to help fund Kathryn’s Corner as it has enabled us to renovate this part of the playground into a splendid garden that can be enjoyed by the school as well as providing produce that can be accessed and used by our whole community.”

“We were keen to get involved in Incredible Edible as it gives our pupils the opportunity to learn gardening skills and gain knowledge about what can be grown and eaten.  We know that healthy lifestyle habits picked up in childhood often lead to healthy adults, and we want to encourage that for our pupils.”

Winterton 2022 was formed in 2012 as one of the 150 Local Trust ‘Big Local’ areas in England to receive £1m to spend over 10 years. Big Local is funded by the National Lottery. The programme aims to enable residents to make their communities even better places to live.

Winterton 2022’s Incredible Edible scheme has planters around the town that members of the community actively grow produce in. Residents are encouraged to help themselves to the fruit and vegetables that have been grown by the community.