Green-fingered pupils at Alburgh with Denton Primary School transform vegetable garden

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School

Green-fingered pupils at a primary school have transformed an eyesore on their premises into a thriving vegetable garden.

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School

When the new school council was elected at Alburgh with Denton Primary in September, they decided to do a big project that would improve the school and benefit the community.

They opted to redevelop the school vegetable garden for their big project, as it had been neglected for a long time.

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School

They spoke to fellow pupils across the school to find out what they wanted and set to work to clear the area of weeds, rubbish and debris.

Michelle Bentley, teaching assistant in charge of the school council, said: 'The children learned new skills that you don't learn in the classroom. They learned to grow their own vegetables and how to take care of plants and herbs.

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School


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'A lot of the them like going in there at lunch time pottering about, weeding and watering. It has been good for some of the pupils to build their confidence.

'The pupils have even added a fairy garden with herbs, flowers, decorative stones and ornaments as well as a fairy door.

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School

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'And they are having a bench put in, so pupils throughout the school can go and sit and enjoy the garden.'

Equipment such as a dutch hose, rakes, herbs, flowers, tomato plants, fairy lights and vegetables were bought with money raised from fundraising activities.

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC P

Students and staff at the opening of the redeveloped vegetable garden at Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. Photo: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School. - Credit: Alburgh with Denton CE VC Primary School

And the children have recently been having bake-offs and cake sales to collect money to buy a shed for storage.

Pupils at the school decided to use the project as an application for the Speaker's School Council Awards, run by Parliament.

Winners of the award will be invited to Parliament to meet the speaker of the House of Commons and receive a plaque for the school.

Pupil Hayden Brookes said: 'I have really enjoyed seeing the old messy garden transformed in to something beautiful.

'Everybody will get to use the garden and can sit near the fairy garden if they want some quiet time. The things we are growing will be eaten in school for everyone to enjoy.'

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