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Green-fingered toddlers help allotment to flourish

Children from Silverdawn Day Nursery have been gardening on their own patch of allotment - Max with a bean

Children from Silverdawn Day Nursery have been gardening on their own patch of allotment - Max with a bean

These toddlers aren’t the only ones growing up quickly - so too are the fruit and vegetables they’re tending to on their very own allotment.

The children from Silverdawn Day Nursery, on Lytham Road, Warton, have been gifted the plot of land by two keen gardenersto ‘grow their own’.

Now, with the help of Arthur and Margaret Kelly, children have grown a range of fuit and vegetables for their nursery’s kitchen staff to cook homemade meals.

So far the youngsters have managed to grow strawberries and raspberries, as well as sprouts, cabbage, corn, onions, green beans, potatoes and coriander.

Nursery manager Kyleigh Gregson said: “A big part of our nursery life is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and to have been given our own patch of allotment has been a huge asset.

“The children are always so excited to go down there, the looks on their faces when they see they’ve grown something is lovely. They have been able to learn about growth cycles and how we can use our home grown vegetables to cook with and make healthy meals, they can’t wait to taste it.”

The three metre by three metre plot, on land owned by Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Warton, is big enough to allow babies from the nursery to enjoy sensory experiences while the older children can sew seeds and prune plants before picking their produce. The nursery bought a haul of its own tools and equipment using Morrisons Let’s Grow vouchers donated by parents. Ms Gregson added: “The parents all think it’s a great idea. We got the plot last September but it’s really come into its own this month because we could get the crops in. The children are learning and ultimately being very proud and excited about their own green fingered achievements.”

 

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