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This growing season has been a short one, however, the school allotment has produced plenty of fruit, vegetables and flowers for everyone to enjoy.
So far the children (and adults) have had the opportunity to taste various home grown produce during their the lunchtimes. These have included:- lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes and courgette. Some children have realised a new liking from these tasting sessions which is especially fun when experienced with friends. The Allotment club members have been very proud to taste the produce of their own success.
Still to come are:- aubergines, artichokes, pumpkins, cabbages, carrots, beetroots and Brussels sprouts! We are hoping that in the future the recently started ‘cookery club’ will be able to incorporate the allotment produce in their recipe choice.
In addition to our potting Shed, polytunnel, and raised growing beds we have installed guttering and water butts on the site. We now need to extend the growing areas for next year and begin our autumn ground preparation. I am, therefore, proposing some dates for future ‘Dig Ins’ where we rely on your support to carry out some tasks that are too big for the children. All parents, carers, grandparents and friends of the School children are welcome to come along for as much time as they can spare on these dates. We need digging, weeding and some construction work (raised beds, furnishing shed etc.) so there are jobs for everyone whatever your ability. You do not have to be knowledgeable or experienced, just enthusiastic. Of course, children welcome!
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 25TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 17TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 13TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 5TH 10:00 – 12:00 midday
Our current projects are:-
Raised bed building, compost heap construction, painting outside of potting shed, shelf building, glazing the shed.
Please contact Mrs Watson with any queries and offer of help or donations of materials.Allotment News
THE NEXT ALLOTMENT ‘DIG IN’ – 26th June 2010
A big ‘Thank you’ for the many donations of seedlings and offers of help at the School Fayre. The Plant Stall was an enormous success and raised £205 for allotment equipment. We now need to concentrate on further garden improvement using some of the funds.
The next ‘DIG IN’ will be on Saturday 26th June between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
Jobs to do are;-
- making potting shed secure and organised
- constructing more raised beds
- planting of beds around the grounds.
No experience necessary! Tools provided. However, donations of screws and nails would be appreciated.
Looking forward to working with you
Please contact Mrs. Beverley Watson at school or just turn up on the day.Allotment Club
Allotment Club News - March 2010.
On Thurday 18th March, Daniel, Euan, Josh, Aidan, Alice, Sammy, Oliver and Callum planted our first crop for the St. James' Allotment Club. They were potatoes called Vales Emerald and Rocket. This is how we did it. First we went up on the field to gather some twigs, then we put some in the bottom of each bag. We then put some soil in out potato bags, placed the potatoes in the bag and then added a bit more soil. We will enter the crop in a competition to see who can grow the best potatoes. The competition winners will receive equipment for the allotment. We are also going to plant some flowers to attract wildlife.
St. James’ Allotment Update, March 2010.
The St. James’ school allotment club sprang into action on the 4th March 2010 with 8 budding new members from years 5 & 6.
The members were introduced to the uncultivated plot and the plans that we have to develop it. They prepared the first vegetable to be grown on the plot by ‘chitting’ the potatoes and will plant and monitor the progress. When the potatoes are harvested we will entre the weight of the crop into a competition to win more gardening equipment.
The members also ran a survey to find out what the pupils of St. James’ would like the allotment club to grow. Strawberries were the clear winners with oranges and kiwi fruit being the most challenging requests!
During future meetings we will be planting potatoes, composting leaves collected on the playground and soil testing. Years 3 & 4 will begin with identifying materials we can recycle at the allotment, planting our first seeds and producing notices for our Eco-Schools notice board.
WE HAVE A ‘DIG-IN’ DAY ON 20TH MARCH FROM 10.30 am.
All volunteers welcome to prepare raised bed frames and move top soil. Please bring own spades and forks, hammers, gloves etc. We would welcome your help at this crucial time.
Beverley Watson School Allotment Project
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St. James Junior School Allotment
The St. James Junior School Allotment Project has started. An area of unused ground, behind the school playing field was identified and planning began during the summer break.
Sponsorship came from a landscaping company, ‘Ground Control Ltd’ from Essex, who kindly pledged £500 to get the operation started. This generous gift was partially spent on clearing the ground and erecting a poly tunnel frame. The rest of the donation will be spent on creating raised growing beds.
An existing shed is being relocated and will be used as the allotment potting shed. Materials requested from the builders at the Infant School are being used to construct compost heaps.
Various schemes have been registered with which will offer support and advice on managing the allotment and provide materials that may be used in a classroom situation.
The Eco-Schools Scheme status will be progressed with the development of the allotment project, and we expect to raise awareness of wildlife in the area and the importance of caring for the environment.
We hope that the allotment will give the pupils an insight into where our food comes from, the processes of food production and environmental issues.
It is hoped that the whole school will have an opportunity to participate in growing harvesting and eventually tasting the produce.