It was a joy to welcome a party of 20 teachers from Bristol Grammar School (BGS) for lunch and the afternoon of Weds 22 Feb. Led by the irrepressible outdoor activities teacher Mrs Kelly Murphy they came for a half term picnic lunch and an afternoon of work volunteering at the Old Barn.
Some of the BGS teachers cleared ground and planted manuka shrubs under the wall to the west of the barn
BGS is one of four schools with new partnership agreements in place for multiple visits to Kelston Roundhill. The teachers who came covered subjects including art, sport, RE & philosophy, design tech, physics and biology.
They came equipped for hard labour. We’d ordered apple trees for them to plant but they failed to show up. So with the farmer Graham Padfield’s help we got them planting a handful of manuka bushes (for possible enhanced honey quality) .They tackled a large pile of unsorted stones and did a litter pick up at the clump.
Meanwhile our other farming neighbour Gerald Robinson cleared scrub and brambles by the barn, uncovering a wrought iron gate as he did so (see below). So the area around the Old Barn is sarting to look much tidied up.
Others got stuck into tackling a pile of stones, stacking resuable Bath stone and filling in a ditch with the smaller rubble.
Now the BGS teachers know their way around the Old Barn they can start to arrange day trips and longer outings pupils to learn, do art and discoer the outdoors.
The other schools with Kelston Roundhill partnership agreements in place are Springfield Academy in Calne, Kingswood Prep in Bath and our closest neighbour Weston Academy.