Just a quick update to show how the Anderson Shelter is looking now we have covered the roof with soil. We need to add a little more to give the top a nice, smooth curve from left to right, followed by some better quality soil/compost to aid planting over the top. The next step will be to begin work on the inside. . .
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
On the afternoon of Friday 13th May 2011, 3 photographers visited our 'Dig for Victory' garden to take a range of photographs for Plymouth City Council and for the local papers. This was the first time this year that the children had been out in the garden along with all the artefacts we have been collecting, and it was great to see them posing alongside our A.R.P. wardens and learning about the artefacts associated with WWII, the civil defence and the home front. The afternoon was just a taster session for the children involved, as there are many more activities planned around the WWII garden for the rest of this term.
The afternoon also saw the first children to experience the inside of the Anderson Shelter, and although unfinished at the time, this caused great excitement! Once the reporters and photographers were gone, the garden was explored by the children in year 4 and 6.
I hope you enjoy looking through the following photographs; the garden is no where near finished yet, but these pictures will give you an idea of the general layout and some of the learning resources and artefacts we have accumulated.
To coincide with this media event, and the launch of the Plymouth in Bloom competition, Plymouth City Council posted the following press release on their website:
Primary pupils ‘Dig for Victory’ in Plymouth in Bloom competition
"Children at Elburton primary are putting their green fingers to work in their school garden and taking part in Plymouth in Bloom. Their theme for 2011 is ‘Dig for Victory’ to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII blitz in Plymouth.
Their garden is packed full of vegetables that would have been grown at the time but there are also some other interesting additions. A renovated Anderson air raid shelter is taking pride of place in the Second World War themed display. It was donated by a Plymouth resident who found it in an overgrown garden.
Marine engineering apprentices at Babcock have created replica parts of a German Messerschmitt plane. The nose cone and propeller, tail and wing will appear as a crashed plane in the Battle of Britain. Instead of a traditional scarecrow this garden will have the plane’s pilot parachuting out of the sky.
The potting shed has also been transformed into an air raid warden’s post and will be manned by mannequins donning authentic warden uniforms. The aim of the project is to teach the pupils not only about gardening and growing their own food but also about the Second World War and how it affected Plymouth.
Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet Member for Community Services (Street Scene, Waste and Sustainability) said: “Last year Elburton primary bagged a handful of gold awards in Plymouth in Bloom and it is fantastic to see the children and teachers enthusiasm and hard work this year. The effort that has gone in to this creative and educational garden is a credit to all involved and we are very pleased that our schools are continuing to take part in this community competition.”
As part of the Plymouth in Bloom campaign schools can enter the best school garden or vegetable plot and best scarecrow categories, the closing date is 17 June 2011, and there is a poster competition for which the closing date is 1 July.
This year’s Plymouth in Bloom has a military theme as the Hoe Garden is being used to commemorate 90 years of the Royal British Legion. A giant red floral poppy feature will be created as the centrepiece and service flags will fly above the garden celebrating the city’s strong links with the military. Plymouth in Bloom is run by the Plymouth City Council’s parks services team"
Monday, 23 May 2011
Just a quick update today; we continued to cover thew shelter with soil this evening, continuing the line of the bank to the left, and forming a gradual downwards slope to the right. There is currently only about 2" of soil covering the roof, but eventually this will increase to approximately 9-12".
The left-hand bank was also cut back and shaped to tidy the line from the front of the shelter.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Over the last couple of days, we have begun to fill-in the sides of the Anderson shelter using the soil dug out of the hole we placed the shelter in. Due to the rocky nature of the soil taken out of the hole, we have been very careful when placing this around the sides and rear of the shelter; we have tried to put as many stones as possible at 'ground' level, leaving the better quality soil to eventually cover the roof.
The roof of the shelter will eventually be used as an extension of the vegetable garden, and therefore needs to be of a suitable quality to grow things in. Once the shelter is covered over with approximately 9-12" of soil, work can begin on fitting out the inside with bunks etc.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Once the step had been dug at the entrance to the shelter, the 'walls' of the hole were lined with sandbags; studying photos from the period revealed many different entrance designs, but this one will allow much easier access for the children who will eventually be exploring the Anderson shelter.
The bottom of the hole was lined with weed control matting, and the sandbags were filled and placed on top, around the hole. In total, 3 layers were added, bringing the sandbags level with the surface of the surrounding ground.
Sandbags were also used to cover the gaps created where the side panels of the shelter meet the corrugated front and rear sections. Eventually, these will be covered with earth once the shelter is fully 'dun in'. A final layer of sandbags will cover the top edge of the front panels.
A view of the completed entrance from inside the shelter.
A layer of sand inside the sandbag walls will complete the entrance; this will also cover the black weed matting. The next step will be to cover the roof of the shelter with about 9-12" of earth.