Garden blooms for Tibshelf Community School kids

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GREEN-FINGERED students at Tibshelf Community School are set to enjoy the food they have grown thanks to a gardening project.

The school’s allotment club began in March when the members built their first compost bin for kitchen scraps from the food technology classes and from the school canteen.

It is all part of a sustainable issues project being run by the school in conjunction with its link school in Dubai.

The students have been busy planting the seeds they have sown - which include runner beans, pumpkins, lettuce and radishes.

As a natural pest control, the young people have also planted marigolds around the vegetables so that slugs eat the flowers rather than the vegetables.

Teaching assistant Sue Dart said: “We are growing food that we like and then eating it before the slugs munch their way through it.

“The good old British weather hasn’t stopped the Tibshelf students getting out there and getting stuck in.”

The school has also installed a water butt so that rain water can be harvested in a sustainable way to water the plants.

The next job on the pupils’ list is creating a ‘bug hotel’ made from broken pots to attract insects which will be useful in the garden.

The allotment club is currently being run at lunch times - but staff hope to run it as an after school club from September.