My goal for Cowly Owl has always been about having the freedom to create what I love whilst providing a sustainable income for my family.  2017 is the first year I have completely excluded client work in order to concentrate solely on Cowly Owl as a business, the fruits of which you will get to see in the coming Autumn.

Although I may not have hit the dream balance yet, I still want to be able to use my company to help with good causes, either through funding special projects or donating my time and expertise where I can.

This year I decided to sponsor the construction of a growing garden for children at Trull Church of England VA Primary School, as well as equip it with tools and seed stock.

School vegetable gardens are a fantastic environment for children to learn firsthand where food originates from, to understand seasonal growing cycles, in wonderful sensory outdoor classrooms, surrounded by an abundance of scents and flavours to discover. Find out more about why growing vegetables in schools is important at the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

The garden has been in planning for a while and back in April, work finally sprang into action. Parents, teachers, local tradesmen and students alike, came together to volunteer their time in order to help make the new outdoor education space a reality (we, of course, pitched in with the hard graft too).

In addition to around two hundred hedging saplings being planted, four raised beds were built, a long picket fence constructed (all made from scratch, by hand!) and woodchip spread onto all the pathways.

The children got to work with planting…

… and making scarecrows

The finished garden...

It is my hope that many successive years of children will get to enjoy and reap its rewards for many decades to come. The first crops are already in...