The Garden for Life was conceived in 2005 and was designed to provide a space for our children to grow produce and experience gardening. It was officially opened by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales; HRH Charles planted the cherry tree you can see in the back of the garden all those years ago.  When we celebrated the garden's ten year anniversary, we were also lucky enough to receive a visit from HRH Duke of Gloucester, who planted the new olive tree in the middle of our scheme.  To mark this milestone the children came up with a host of creative and exciting plans, which we've been working on to further enhance the space.


Rosie is parent to
Phoebe and Zack.


Nigel is a retired
mechanical engineer.


Chris is parent to
Jemimah, Benj and Freddie.


Zoltan is parent to
Lilla and Tunde.


Jen is parent to

Rosie Waddicor is our gardening coordinator, and you can contact her at  Rosie is parent to Zack (Year 2) and Phoebe (Year 4).  Rosie has recently retrained to make the career move to become a gardener herself. Rosie helps organise the learning material and volunteer rotas for Nigel and the volunteers to work from.
Nigel is our regular gardening volunteer who was recruited from the allotment society over ten years ago.  Nigel is a retired structural engineer and he regularly brings his expertise and skills and ideas to the Garden.   The recent rebuild of all the planting beds are Nigel's creation.  Nigel has also been building a new pond in the garden over the autumn and winter of 2017/18.  He hopes to fill the pond in the coming months.  These ideas have come from the children through our ten year anniversary competition to update are revitalise the garden. Nigel is a community volunteer and he sees the Garden for Life as his legacy. We have all benefited enormously from his knowledge, hard work and generosity and without him, the garden wouldn’t be here today. Nigel is always grateful of the volunteer support given by parents and guardians of the school.


The Garden for Life relies on volunteers.  Without your help and support it cannot run.  If you would like to become a volunteer to the Garden for Life, please email us at  You do not need previous gardening experience to be a Garden helper.  We just need committed parents who are ready to muck in, get their hands dirty and volunteer on a regular basis.  Nigel and our coordinator will instruct and guide you on how to help the children in their sessions.