Appeal to make Richmond College’s major garden project a reality


Envisioned by Holly Brydon, a 13th year student at Richmond Sixth Form College, the grand garden project will see three areas of the college grounds divided into distinct zones and transformed into an eco-garden, social space and peace garden.

Holly has planned a number of volunteer days where students, staff, alumni, school friends and members of the local community are encouraged to put on their gardening gear and pick up their rakes and trowels to clean the three areas, ready to plant seeds, herbs and flowers.

It’s a massive undertaking, but excitement is already growing about the project that will transform redundant spaces into incredible hubs that will benefit college students and staff.

As well as calling for volunteers to help with the groundwork, Holly is also appealing to any local businesses or individuals who may be able to support the project by donating seeds, plants, compost, herbs, gravel, wood or even seats and bird boxes, to help him realize his vision.

If anyone would like to contribute to the project, please email [email protected] Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Holly said: “I first came up with the idea for the project in September 2020, at the start of year 12, when I saw that these sixth grade garden spaces were unused but had so much potential.

“It was put on the back burner while other projects took place until just before Christmas when I really started planning the project and approached Ms Potter, director, with my proposal.

“Although it took many months in the planning, I am so happy that we are in the process of transforming the three spaces into an ecological garden, a social space and a garden of peace.

“I think it’s so important, especially given the past two years, that our college has such common outdoor spaces where students can hang out. There have been times over the past few years where I know myself and where others had to take a minute and breathe, and these areas will be perfect for that when they’re done.

“I’m so excited to see how the project is progressing and I’m incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve had so far, both from the school and the local community.”

The first day of clearing has started well, but there is still a long way to go, including weeding and re-edging lawns before flowers can be planted and new spaces created.

Three other volunteer days are scheduled for Saturday May 21, Tuesday May 31 and Thursday June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers of all levels of gardening are welcome to lend a hand, so students, parents, family members, alumni, school staff or community members are all welcome. .

Please bring your own gardening tools and refreshments and register at

Principal Jenna Potter said: ‘This is a truly wonderful initiative and it will truly make a significant difference to the students and staff of our college by improving the landscape and providing a sanctuary to reflect, relax, read and learn. in the gardens of our beautiful grounds.

“Holly has done a wonderful job organizing the project and it’s fantastic to see how her energy and passion inspires her fellow students and other members of the community to support her.

“Being outdoors and connecting with nature is a wonderful and positive way to improve well-being and stay healthy.”

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