BSA Gardening Project
The gardening project got off to a fantastic start. Having a greenhouse enables the garden project to start work much earlier in the year, allowing not only more children to participate in the project but also allowing a larger variety of seeds to be sown. The garden project includes participation from children across the whole school, with a session being held for an hour once a week.
In the weeks leading up to the Easter holidays, twelve children per week visited the school garden and took part in a multitude of tasks from digging to raking to fertilising. They also raised beds, sowed seeds in the greenhouse (lettuces, mange tout, climbing beans, courgettes, cucumbers, carrots, butternut squash, sweet peas, sunflowers and cornflowers) and planted seed potatoes in our four large potato barrels.
The garden project is not only a source of learning but it also increases a child’s awareness of the seasons, and gives them a better understanding of where food comes from, while promoting a positive attitude to healthy food. Working and learning in the school garden also increases a child’s confidence and self-esteem, and helps them to develop a sense of responsibility towards the plants in their care.
Another main objective of the garden project is to grow seasonal crops for the school kitchen. By staggering seed sowing in the Spring and Summer, the project hopes to be able to supply the school kitchen with healthy vegetables and salad crops through both the Summer and Autumn terms.