Garden Gang 2018-19
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!
RSPB Big School's Birdwatch - 8th February 2019
Garden Gang took part in the RSPB Big School's Birdwatch on 8th February 2019. They watched the birds over on the church lawn and spotted a variety of species including robin, blackbird, crow, magpie, goldfinch and over 35 starlings. Everyone really enjoyed the experience and Ellis said the crows and starlings were his favourite. What did you spot?
Visit from the RSPB - January 2019
We had a visit from the RSPB to talk about how the charity helps nature and about the Big Schools' Birdwatch which we will be taking part in in February. If you want to join us the your chance to take part is on the weekend of 26th-28th January follow the link www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/. Don't forget to input your results and share what you saw with Mrs Jakeman.