School kids grow their own

Volunteers from Wilmott Dixon with year 4 pupils Draven McQuinn, Faiza Siyab and George Cutts
Volunteers from Wilmott Dixon with year 4 pupils Draven McQuinn, Faiza Siyab and George Cutts
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PUPILS at a South Yorkshire school are looking forward to the autumn - when they will be able to enjoy the very tasty fruits of their labours.

Children at Herringthorpe Junior School on Chatterton Drive in Rotherham spent time planting flowerbeds full of organic herbs and versatile home-grown vegetables.

The flowers and herbs have been attracting insects throughout the summer and at the same time are supporting the school’s drive to increase biodiversity in the area.

And the vegetables are now being used on the menu for the school’s meals to prove to the young pupils just how easy it is to plant and grow their own food.

Raised flowerbeds outside each classroom were installed by volunteers from regeneration company Wilmott Dixon, who joined forces with Rotherham Council.

Pupils at the school also lent a hand - three Year 4 pupils, Draven McQuinn, Faiza Siyab and George Cutts, aged eight and nine - all helped out with the digging of the soil and the planting out of seeds and young plants.

Michael Pearson, customer and community officer for Wilmott Dixon, said: “We’ve really enjoyed seeing this project through.

“It means so much, not only to the school but to all the young students too.

“They have become so interested in wildlife and watching the various insects, as well as seeing where their food comes from.”

School business manager Joanne Draycott said: “We hope growing their own is something they will continue to do as adults. The planters are helping us to teach them how to make healthier choices.”