Children work hard to make the garden grow

Nafeesa Nazeer, Taya Hargreaves, Ella Reis, Erin Burridge and Demi Plaister  with their certificates for successfully growing beans from seed
Nafeesa Nazeer, Taya Hargreaves, Ella Reis, Erin Burridge and Demi Plaister with their certificates for successfully growing beans from seed

Castle Hill primary school pupils have been developing a taste for gardening at their new garden club.

Since their school’s vegetable plot was refurbished by Todmorden in Bloom volunteers and Incredible Edible apprentices, year 3, 4, and 5 pupils have been busy making it come to life.

The lunchtime club aims to give the children a hands on experience of gardening; they have been learning how to sow seeds and handle young seedlings.

When young gardener Nafeesa Nazeer received her certificate for successfully growing a plant from seed, she said: “I loved planting our runner beans. It is a fantastic opportunity to try gardening.”

While Demi Plaister, Ella Reis and Taya Hargreaves said they loved planting the beans and sunflowers.

The green-fingered pupils now have runner beans, peas, lettuce and herbs growing healthily in their vegetable garden.

To attract beneficial insects and bees, and make the plot look pretty, they are also growing edible flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums.

Many of the pupils have also enjoyed tasting the chives that are thriving in the garden; they proved to be quite a hit mixed with cream cheese and used as a dip.

Erin Burridge thought they were ‘brilliant’ and loved eating them.

The pupils are now hoping for good weather to make the vegetables and flowers flourish, and looking forward to harvesting and enjoying the taste of their own crops.

Well done to all the pupils who have been working hard to make the garden grow.