Surrey Square School

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Surrey Square School – a primary school based in Walworth, Southwark – who gave the go ahead to help transform their outdoor space so it resembles something similar to the home of the Telletubbie. There is method in our madness…

Following a successful Spacehive crowdfunding campaign, we installed and customised a new 18ft x 16ft polytunnel community garden, including new raised planter beds, on the roof of Surrey Square School’s pavilion adjoining the brow of its hill.

Eight tonnes of soil mix was transferred to the raised planter beds by local volunteers, and corporate volunteers from Hands on London (pictured). The new polytunnel garden has enabled an additional weekly food growing and gardening after-school education club.

Surrey Square gallery

We are now running these sessions every week, and they are open to all students aged 5 to 11. Surrey Square school is situated in the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England for quality of living environment (English Indices of Multiple Deprivation, 2019), and the classes provide a vital opportunity for local children to learn about sustainability and provide them with hands-on experience of growing.

The polytunnel garden was made possible through the generous support of Southwark Council, Tesco Bags of Help, Greggs Foundation, Veolia Environmental Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Green People, Growing a Greener Britain and individual donors.