Green Fingers at Downlands

The students at Downlands are creating a Garden for Well-being. 

Increasingly, research is highlighting the positive impact gardening and green spaces have on mental well-being.  As a school, we continually work to ensure that our students possess the resilience and strategies to navigate and manage stress and we are confident that our newly established Gardening Club will achieve this.  Moreover, we are delighted to announce that we have committed to working with our community to establish a student-designed, built and managed garden in the heart of the school.

The Gardening Club is open to students from Years 7, 8 and 9 and is fast becoming a place where creativity flows and strong friendships are built and established. Students from all years will have the opportunity to benefit from the garden. During the spring term we will move from the design-stage to the installation of the garden on a site vacated by some temporary classrooms.

We hope to involve the whole Downlands community by asking parents and friends of the school to come in and assist with building the hard-structure of the garden; tasks we are unable to undertake with students. If you can offer us help, we would be very grateful.

For more information about our garden, please contact Karen van den Dolder ( who would be delighted to speak with you.