Growing beautiful flowers, producing healthy organic vegetables, developing environmental awareness and wildlife conservation are the main functions of the award winning BGSG school garden. The garden area was developed by a team of teachers and pupils during the school year 2011/12. A tremendous amount of effort went into its construction and it continues to be developed, forming a vital part of the BGSG Eco project.
It is the responsibility of the BGSG gardening club to maintain this facility, to keep it in a tidy and healthy state and introduce innovations. The garden is largely self financed by plant and produce sales within the school. Meetings take place three times a week in the garden area, which is adjacent to the tennis/netball courts at the rear of the school.
In the first two years of its existence the garden has won five awards:
- Bury in Bloom – Winner of Best School Environmental Garden 2012 and 2013
- Bury in Bloom - Commended in the Edible Themed Garden section 2013
- A Year 9 member of the Gardening Club was highly commended in the RHS Young Gardener of the Year competition 2013
- Bury in Bloom – Commended for best Olympic Themed garden 2012
In addition the school garden was judged as a part of the Bury entry in the successful North West in Bloom entry 2013 (Winner in the Best Large Town category)
The garden contains a number of features to support environmental awareness and conservation. These include a composting facility, water butt, bee and butterfly garden complete with bee hotel and butterfly house and a bug hotel. All the fertilisers are organic, no pesticides are used and the purchased compost is peat free.
The garden receives parental support which is a vital part of the maintenance of the facility. We are indebted to former teacher Miss Cebertowicz for her inspiration in founding this important school facility.