Garden Gang

Our school allotment is behind Phillimore Street in Lees, 5 minutes walk from the school. Mrs Jakeman and the Garden Gang take care of the allotment and we are always looking for volunteers to come along and help. We meet on a Tuesday after school. So why not come along and join us? You will find a variety of our fruit and vegetables within the school menu as Mrs England, our cook, makes good use of all our yummy produce. Sometimes we also make jams and chutneys, a particular favourite being Rhubarb & Ginger.  We sell our produce such as the jam, sticks of rhubarb and plants at the Spring Fairs.  We also plant up wellies to sell at both the Spring and Christmas Fair.  This year we also took part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch and saw a variety of birds around the allotment including a Blackbird, Blue Tits, Long Tailed Tits, a Song Thrush and our resident Robin. 

Some quotes from our Garden Gang children, past and present;

"I love gardening at the allotment, it’s lots of fun"   "The pond has frogs and newts – I love the allotment!"  "The strawberries at our allotment are delicious!"

"I find lots of worms in the soil"   "It’s great when you see everything growing"   "I enjoy gardening with my friends at the allotment"   "We grow lots of stuff at the allotment like carrots and potatoes – it’s great fun!" 

Garden Gang also look after the school flower beds.  Please help them to do this by picking up any litter, not picking the flowers and using the Quiet Area sensibly by not running on the garden area.

Also, during the school year different classes come down and visit the allotment as part of their topic whether it is looking at the wildlife or a chance to do some weeding and planting.  Our school allotment is for everyone!

Spring Fair Preparations - May 2018 

We have been making wellie planters to sell at the Spring Fair at School.

Garden Gang - April 2018

All working hard preparing our flower/ vegetable beds.

RSPB Big Bird Watch - February 2018

Garden Gang participated in the RSPB Big Schools' BirdWatch.  We made fat balls and hung them at the allotment to attract more birds before they joined in the count.

Winter Preparations December 2017

We are working towards RHS Level 4.  The first step for us is to get each class more involved in the digging and planting our allotment. Year 6 started by digging over the beds and putting manure on them to prepare the allotment for winter.

Garden Gang 2017

Our garden gang this year working hard.

Garden Gang - Harvest Time - September 2017

Look at some of the amazing vegetables we have grown. Mrs England our school cook was very happy with the basket of vegetables we gave her.