Students growing their own way

Alan Hulme guides (from left) Laura Barton, Amy Thompson and Robyn Cornes in planting
Alan Hulme guides (from left) Laura Barton, Amy Thompson and Robyn Cornes in planting
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BUDDING students have been planting crops on their sixth form campus.

Led by a former student with a wealth of gardening experience, teenagers and staff at Blackpool Sixth Form planted fruit, vegetables and flowers on campus.

Alan Hulme, who now works for Grow Blackpool, attended the sixth form on Blackpool Old Road before training at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Students and staff took part in the event, which was run by the college’s Sustainability and Eco Action groups.

It was organised with the help of the scheme, Grow Blackpool, which helps residents grow their own food.

Mr Hulme, manager of Grow Blackpool, said: “It was great to meet some of the Eco Action group and get started on growing herbs and vegetables.”

Volunteers took on the freezing weather to plant seeds in the Sixth Form’s new polytunnel greenhouse, sowing herbs such as coriander, parsley and fennel, and salad crops and leeks.

Kirstie Andrews, a pupil from Marton, said: “I’m really looking forward to learning how to grow my own vegetables.”

Students were also shown how to make environmentally friendly plant pots out of old newspapers.

The college was recently awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag for its environmental work.

Students involved in the Eco Action group have been helping out in the community, carrying out park maintenance and planting trees at Carleton Crematorium.

The group plans to eat some of their crop and sell the rest to raise funds for future projects.

Jon McLeod, Eco Schools Co-ordinator at the Sixth Form, said: “It’s so good to see students doing something which is quite new to most of them.

“They are learning practical skills which they will be able to use throughout their lives.

“We are also delighted that staff are showing such an interest in the project.”