Today saw the announcement of the winners of this years Kebur Community Challenge as run by local radio station 96.4 Eagle. This is the fourth consecutive year that the competition has run and out of 67 entrants this years lucky winners of the £2000 worth of landscaping materials is Cove School in Farnborough. Their Gardening and Eco Club have been working hard in their spare time and wanted to build raised planters and vegetable beds that the whole school can benefit from but unfortunately didn’t have the financial resources or tools to achieve their plans as they describe in their application;
“I am a Geography teacher at Cove School and I supervise the Gardening and Eco Club. The club is a group of around 10 pupils aged 11- 14 who give up their Wednesday evenings to work extremely hard attempting to redevelop a small enclosed courtyard into a garden. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the area is covered with tatty concrete, garden tools are limited in number and quality and every improvement is being done on a tight budget of around 50p! Thus it is extremely slow, although enthusiastic progress. The perseverance of these pupils to create a garden for the benefit of the whole school is admirable. They have planned a vegetable patch and have grand designs for raised planters around the perimeter of the enclosed courtyard, of which two have been created out of recycled pallet wood. The aim is to create both a functional and attractive garden in the most environmentally friendly way possible. If Cove School were to win this competition, it would provide a facility to be enjoyed by the whole school and allow the grand visions of the pupils to be realised.”
Kebur MD Tony Lane explains the reasoning behind choosing Cove School Gardening and Eco Club as the lucky winners; “we were very impressed by the efforts of the pupils and teachers in giving up their free time to improve an area that will be of benefit to the whole school. We wanted to help show that hard work and dedication can have unexpected rewards, and perhaps help inspire a long term interest in landscaping.”
Kebur has continually shown its commitment to the local community by assisting schools, clubs, societies and charities with their projects. The most notable examples in recent years has been through the Kebur Community Challenge and below we look back at the previous winners:
2009 – Hawley Scout Group With their winnings they purchased a lot of fencing to close off an area so they could camp outside in safety, some rockery for climbing over as well as several other materials.
2010 – Ticehurst Nursing Home, Aldershot
With their winnings they re-vamped a woodland garden for their residents all of whom have some degree of dementia or are physically frail. Previously the garden was almost unusable but they created paths using goldpath self binding gravel so familys could push their relatives around the garden. They also installed a garden arch and created attractive border beds using timber gravel boards.
2011 – Change of Scene, Rowledge
Change of Scene provide educational, respite and leisure activities for disadvantaged and abused local children. They seek to make a life-changing difference for the children who attend. They are generally youngsters who are failing in main stream education but when given the opportunity to work in a natural, outdoor environment, absolutely excel. They used their winnings to create a path between buildings constructed. Previously the children had to walk through the mud to get from building to building. They used scalpings and sand for the base on which they laid Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving with a log egding.