Orchard Lea Infant School, Hampshire

Award-winning wildlife garden inspired by pupils  


Hampshire Infant School


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A wildlife garden designed by the pupils of Orchard Lea Infant School was completed and ready for the Autumn term of 2021. The project won the Fareham in Bloom 2021 competition within the commercial category.

We ran interactive workshops to create an engaging outdoor space, whilst promoting environmental awareness along the way.

Working with the teachers and pupils, we carried out a series of fun workshops with year 2 classes, teaching them about the role landscape architecture plays in making outdoor spaces wonderful!

The winning design, inspired by the school’s name Orchard Lea, included new fruit trees, a hedgehog-friendly hedge, wildflower meadows, and ‘sun ray’ stepping stones, set against the backdrop of an art wall.

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Working with the School and Parents, Deacon Design then set to work to engage local suppliers, source materials, and select contractors.

The school community is delighted with their new space, and it was a pleasure to inspire the next generation of budding landscape architects.

Applying our professional knowledge to such a young audience proved a test, but the outcomes have been extremely rewarding.

A special thank you to Fareham Allotments and Gardens Association for providing the fruit trees!