Garden club is growing at Carr Hill

Adam Marshall, Carr Hill Student with the water tanker in the school gardens.
Adam Marshall, Carr Hill Student with the water tanker in the school gardens.
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There’s no need for gro-bags to help Carr Hill High School’s gardening club grow - youngsters already have bags of enthusiasm for it.

Pupils at the Kirkham school have been getting their hands dirty turning their school allotment into a garden of colour and tending to its homegrown produce.

As well as affording them freshly grown vegetables, including leeks, peas, onions and garlic, the youngsters’ work is also helping them to achieve a BTEC Work Skills qualification.

The work undertaken in the garden is teaching the children valuable work and life skills as well as nurturing an interest in horticulture.

Brett Chamberlain, a Year Seven pupil at the school on Royal Avenue, said: “I really enjoy going to Gardening Club so I spend a lot of time there.

“I’ve helped plant different things and I’ve learnt how important it is to keep the flowers watered to help them grow.”

The youngsters efforts have been helped along thanks to a donation of a water tank, from Polytank in Freckleton, to collect rainwater to be used on the allotment.

Having already reduced their food miles by growing vegetables on site and using the watertank the club now has its sights set on conservation work as teachers hope to attract birds to the area.

English teacher Diane Griffiths said: “The aim of the garden is to have it full of different plants. I’m mad on birds so I’d love to be able to attract some of those into the garden, along with insects, butterflies and other wildlife. We might be able to do a bit of conservation.”

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