A Good Health Garden at Brecon High School has been officially opened after being built by Gurkhas from the Infantry Battle School. The project, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust, allows children to grow crops, carry out investigative studies in line with the school curriculum and enjoy lessons in the open air.
Brigadier Andrew Dawes CBE officially unveiled the commemorative plaque and opened the garden with teachers from the school, the Army Welfare Service and soldiers from the Infantry Battle School.
Richard Jenkins, the headteacher of Brecon High School, said: “Leah Burnett, our Forces Families Support Officer, has worked incredibly hard to ensure we’ve kept up our community engagement up during the pandemic. Originally, we would have had this project up and running quite a while ago but, obviously, plans had to be postponed so we could hold this event in a safer environment for all.
“We’ve got a fresh area of land where we intend to grow crops and fruit trees. The structures are mainly to store our items and also allow children to learn under, allowing them to carry out investigation and science projects. We’re very lucky to work with a number of organisations and very thankful to the Infantry Battle School and everyone involved in making this happen”.
Major Prem Gurung MBE said the Army liaison officers at Brecon High School came up with the idea of a Good Health Garden and put it to the Infantry Battle School to get involved.
He said: “We’ve got a number of personnel who are skilled engineers and our Gurkha Assault Pioneer Platoon, which is part of the Training Support Division at Dering Lines in Brecon, were only too happy to help out for such an excellent project.”
Images by Ian Griffiths