School Gardens Project Grant FundersCelebrating the Park's importance to our Community

Two local Primary Schools, All Saints' Marple and St. Mary's in Marple Bridge, have agreed to design and build a school garden in Marple Memorial Park as part of the commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the park being dedicated to the local community.

School Gardens Project Grant Funders

This exciting new project, funded by a “Magic Little Grant” from Localgiving and Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and an Environmental Challenge Award from Stockport Hydro, presents schools and pupils with an opportunity to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in the horticultural and gardening world. It's intended that the project will make a difference in Marple, bringing the community together after the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic and create a legacy for future projects involving more local schools.

The mental health and well-being benefits of connecting with nature are well known

The project will encourage children to spend time outside away from screens and learn how to create gardens that are environmentally friendly and beneficial to native wildlife. It is hoped that the gardens will also encourage those experiencing social isolation and loneliness to visit the gardens and spend more time in the local community.

The theme for the project will be “The Park's importance to our Community over the last 100 Years". It is hoped that the designs will encapsulate what the park means to our local community, not only in the past but in the present and the future too.

The gardens will be displayed in the park between the months of June, July and August 2022 and will be dismantled and removed during the early part of September 2022.

The location near to the play areas and the library chosen for the gardens will enable this project to link in with other projects and events planned for the Park's 100th anniversary.

Mrs Bradbury from St. Mary's School said:

St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy are delighted to be involved in Marple park’s 100 year celebrations. The design a garden competition immediately captured our attention having previously entered the Tatton school’s garden competition and enjoyed the community spirit and passion throughout the school which was generated throughout the project. We have launched the garden design competition in our school and have been overwhelmed by the entries. All entries have elements which will be used in our final garden design. Our gardening sessions promote the well being of all at St Mary’s and we look forward to bringing our final garden project to Marple Park for all to enjoy over the Summer.

This project has been made possible by the following grant funding:

Project infrastructure is funded by a £500 “Magic Little Grant” from Localgiving and Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Project Infrastructure includes sleepers and fixings, plywood backing boards and timber framing, plus membrane and topsoil.

The £250 planting and art materials budget for each participating school is funded by a £500 grant from Stockport Hydro's 2022 Environmental Challenge.

Sarah Braide and Mark Whittaker receive our Stockport Hydro Award from Laurence Jackson and Ben Alexander on 18 March 2022.
Sarah Braide and Mark Whittaker receive our Stockport Hydro Award from Laurence Jackson and Ben Alexander on 18 March 2022.

Project Diary

20 April: Backing boards painted.

27 April: Backing boards delivered to All Saints' and St. Mary's schools.