Bug Hotel

Bermondsey Bug Hotel
Bermondsey Bug Hotel

All at Avant-Gardening were delighted that the new bug hotel was recently installed in the Dream Garden pocket park. The bug hotel was visioned through a series of workshops and activities on the site before being designed and built by Thomas Cretton. Pupils from Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools created individual rooms for the bugs so that the bug hotel will offer the latest in cutting edge interiors! The hotel rooms will be installed very soon.

The bug hotel is part of the ongoing project to improve bio-diversity in the area, it will support insects which will in turn help with pest control and pollination and helping to keep an ecological balance. It is also going to be an integral part of our outdoor education programme which has also seen local schools bring groups of 20 – 35 children into the garden to explore the wildlife and help to imagine and design the future of the garden.

 

Topics: [Bermondsey] [bio-diversity] [bugs] [education] [school] [Southwark]

Operation Deep Freeze - the school years

surprising smells and flavours
surprising smells and flavours
Creating the drinks
Creating the drinks

Operation Deep Freeze has begun in the Borough of Greenwich where artists, Lisa Cheung, Rebecca Beinart and Ella Perkins have run sessions in taste exploration with the pupils.

Starting with blind tastings and combining flavours the pupils began to describe the tastes and their responses to them as a way of thinking how they would create a new product. They then went on to produce a flavoured water drink which they named and created a short fun advertisement for.

These early workshops iintroduced the children to the concepts behind the project and also got them to think about where the food flavourings come from; which flavourings could they grow themselves? what language can we use when describing food and flavour?

The explorations now continue in preparation for the launch of the Operation Deep Freeze unit.

Keep up to date with the project on Operation Deep Freeze 

Topics: [cookery] [cookery food arts] [food] [Greenwich] [growing spaces] [school]

Roehampton Time Machine

Avant-Gardening is running a new project to create a short animated film with local school children. Based on The Time Machine by one-time local resident, H.G. Wells, the animation will be inspired by stories and anecdotes shared by local residents and will then be illustrated and shaped by the participating children. Watch this space for more information

Got a story to share?
Join Avant-Gardener, Polly, in Roehampton Library on Wednesday 5 June 11am - 1pm

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [psychogeography] [Roehampton] [school] [storytelling] [Wandsworth]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation