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The Vegetable Garden

How it started...

A group of our Year 8 students have been involved in the Npower Climate Cops competition. They want to encourage people to grow their own vegetables in an effort to reduce air miles and encourage healthy eating. To do this they made a vegetable garden at school and use the produce in the school restaurant. This also ties in with our vision to transform food culture as a Food for Life Flagship School.

Donations

In January and February, the team contacted local businesses to ask for materials and support in building the raised beds and were very successful. Andy Barker at Hathern Nurseries donated compost, seeds and young plants, Vital Earth donated compost and Travis Perkins had also kindly donated £150 of wood towards the project. We also received lots of advice and help from Groundwork Leicester and Garden Organic.

Making the raised beds

On the 24 Feb, with advice from the Soil Association, the pupils planned where the beds should be positioned, how many they could accommodate and how to build the beds. The day started at 12.20pm with a safety briefing and then all the pupils and volunteers from staff, governors, parents and the local community enjoyed a nutritious gardener's lunch before starting work.

The group were visited by the Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood who wished everyone well with their venture and then started proceedings by digging up the first clod of earth. The team worked hard from 1pm to 4pm and achieved a great deal. They built several raised beds, laying down ground cover over the path areas which will later be covered by bark chips and preparing space for the compost bins.

At the end of the day they were tired, dirty but delighted to have achieved so much.

By Dominic Boston (Humphrey Perkins Student)