On the 28th July 2018, KeeP 106 launched. To celebrate its second birthday this year, the radio station from Dorchester has launched a birthday appeal to raise funds for a local first school.

The Prince of Wales First School has a Wildlife Garden, which supports the science curriculum and offers their children real life sciences experiences. The problem is that not all children can fully access the wildlife garden. The school needs to raise £5,000 to enable the wildlife garden to be accessible to everyone. This will enable them to recreate the crumbling paths with a hardwearing smooth surface and edging suitable for manual and electric wheelchairs.

Julia Nineham, the pre-school leader and a Governor at the school, said: “Over the past two years, all at the school have been busy developing the wildlife area, which has become very much like a secret garden. Through regular community ‘makeover days’, they have been able to develop this space into an exciting learning environment.

“The school keep chickens and guinea pigs that the children look after every day. Not only do their children learn how to care for these animals but it also provides a therapeutic resource for the emotional literacy programme and 1:1 care of pupils.

“Additionally, the school encourage children to plant, nurture, pick and eat the produce, which is grown in the polytunnel and raised beds. Any excess is sold to the community from the school gate.”

The wildlife garden has enabled the school to build strong relationships with parents and grandparents because they are keen to volunteer to maintain the garden. Some examples of this include a family who donated an irrigation system for the polytunnel and raised beds; another parent helps with grass cutting, and grandparents have helped with painting the sheds and weeding the beds. Other community groups including Rainbows, Girl Guides and the Dorchester Opportunity Group during the day also use the space.

To find out more about the appeal and to donate, visit keep106.com

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