Creating Green Spaces at Tanglin

Creating Green Spaces at Tanglin
Creating Green Spaces at Tanglin

Tanglin's core values of Respect, Responsibility and Purpose resonate strongly with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), and this is particularly reflected in the way that we manage and look after our campus. We take pride in our campus environment, from making sure that we manage resources and waste well, to nurturing a wide range of plants and trees, we aim to set a great example of a sustainable school.

Over the last few months, the Infant and Junior children have been getting green-fingered whilst taking part in our HyGroWall and Green Garden projects.

HyGroWall

It was wonderful to see the planting of the new HyGroWall at the Nixon Building. The Year 2 Green Fingers University group and a few Junior School students got their hands muddy to help plant the wall. Here's what the children had to say:

"I like the garden wall. It's very pretty. We have a lot of plants and we are helping the environment." Lara, Year 3

"I like the plants because they are organised in a nice pattern. They look beautiful, it's like walking into imagination." E-ern, Year 3

"People say that Tanglin is a green school, and this actually shows that it's green!" Sunavya, Year 3

"The larger plants are much easier to plant than the smaller ones!" Paul, Year 2

"It's fantastic, it looks so beautiful." Tess, Year 2

Green Garden

At the end of Term 3, students from across the Junior School contributed ideas about how a green garden between the Eco-Vista and the creative play area could look and what it may include. The Global Guardians team suggested that the area should focus on building greater biodiversity and be an inviting space for the all the school community. They said: "Our aim is to design a wonderful, creative space which can be enjoyed by all. A green garden which will support our learning, as well as our world."

The garden foliage has been chosen to require minimal upkeep. Hoping to attract butterflies and birds, the group researched flowering shrubs and used this inform their selection of plants. They also suggested having an arch with plants and irrigation system. Children would have an outdoor space to explore, have fun and relax.

Outdoor Learning Practitioner, Sue Waite said: "Getting children involved in nature-based learning not only develops their curiosity and motivation to learn but also helps them to feel good and care for others and the environment."

Nishka, Year 5 added: "Children who have grown up appreciating nature will protect it when they are older, so let's continue to support that."

Thanks to funding from the TTS Foundation this project is now underway, and we look forward to the childrens' vision of the garden growing over the next few months.