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Young gardeners at Parkside aim for green planet

Young gardeners at Parkside aim for green planet

Staff member Sarah Osgerby plans to launch the club in September with the aim of entering a team of students into the Royal Horticultural Society’s Green Plan It challenge.

A mentor will be assigned to help the team design a school garden and apply for funding towards making their design a reality.

The club idea follows work by Sarah and school colleague Andrew Mangham to start gardening activities that the school.

They started small with donated tomato plants, adding to the crops with runner beans, pumpkin, and cabbage plants, chili pepper, aubergine and yellow pepper.

A couple of pallets were turned into a vertical planter, and a compost bin and water butt was installed. One pupil collected vegetable waste every day from Food Technology practical lessons to add to the compost as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award.

A new raised bed was created from concrete fence panels, and students helped water plants in the greenhouse.

Ruth Brotherton, who has experience in Forest Schools, hopes to install a 'bug hotel' and other interesting outdoor activities.

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