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Education Award Winner - KRAKEN Project at Kings Rise Academy

The garden created for pupils at Kings Rise Academy

The project was described by the judges as a really inspiring project that has shown real creativity in bringing the natural world to a deprived neighbourhood.

This Academy provides a nurturing, happy and holistic learning environment for over 400 primary school children. Based in a neighbourhood which is amongst the most deprived neighbourhoods in all of the UK, there is a lack of green spaces in the local area.

They raised £85,000 to transform a disused area of their playground into a wonderful Wildlife and Wellbeing Area. Designed together with their children’s eco council and Forest Schools Birmingham, they created a beautiful new area for the whole community to enjoy, which was officially opened in July 2022.

The new space includes wildflower meadows, fruit trees, vertical growing walls for growing salad crops, a Forest School area, bat and bird boxes, a woodland meditation area, and a greenhouse for growing fruit and vegetables.

Watch more on the project below.