Pupils exercise their green fingers
Children in Hawes have been reaping and eating the rewards of their hard work on a special school allotment partly funded by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).
The young members of the Hawes Community Primary School Gardening Club have been busy producing a fantastic variety of goodies including potatoes, beetroot, onions and strawberries – and they showed off their achievements at an open day.
The YDNPA’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), which is managed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, paid for the purchase of fruit trees, a water butt, a composter and mini poly-tunnel, seed trays and other gardening equipment.
Andrea Burden, the National Park Authority’s Planning Development Officer said: “The project is run by the Gardening Club, which is headed by a teacher, and the aim was to fill a kitchen garden with fruits and vegetables grown from seed.
“The pupils involved have undertaken much of the work themselves, although parents, teachers and volunteers were also involved in weeding overgrown areas of the school grounds.
“In the long term, it is hoped that the pupils will be more environmentally aware of managing a garden by collecting and recycling water and creating compost areas. It will also enable them to experience and develop basic knowledge that they can transfer to their own gardens. This project has been a great opportunity to promote local foods and healthy eating to the pupils.”
The total project cost was estimated at £500 and the SDF was able to offer a grant of £375 towards this, with the remaining funding being secured from the Parents, Teachers & Friends Association.
Pupils have also been working with the Dales Countryside Museum Projects Officer Jane Sammells, who is running Yorkshire Dales Food – A Celebration!, which aims to let people taste Yorkshire Dales food, understand how it was produced and explore local food traditions and related objects from the Museum’s collection. The project is being supported by the Friends of Dales Countryside Museum and the SDF and will run until September next year.