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!