Allotment for growing fruit and vegetables donated to Letchworth school

From left - Sue Edwards, Lindsey Clark, Steve Howell, Stephanie Cranston, Rachel O'Shea, John Welch,

From left - Sue Edwards, Lindsey Clark, Steve Howell, Stephanie Cranston, Rachel O'Shea, John Welch, Anna Geaves. Holding the ribbon are Caitlin Coulter, Bridget Mann, and Ruby Nelson - Credit: Archant

Pupils will be able to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables after their school was donated an allotment.

Pupils Dylan Williams and Caitlin Coulter at the school's allotment plot

Pupils Dylan Williams and Caitlin Coulter at the school's allotment plot - Credit: Archant

Four years ago waste ground at Rushby Mead in Letchworth owned by Howard Cottage Housing Association was turned into an allotments and used by nearby residents.

Now the housing association has given one of the plots to the gardening club at Hillshott Infant School and Nursery School, situated just off Rushby Mead in Hillshott.

Headteacher Anna Geaves said: “Working on the Howard Cottage allotment is great for our pupils, who are all aged between six and eight. As well all the social skills and the chance to take part in an after-school activity, they are also learning about what plants need in order to grow and where food comes from – which is very important.

“In two of our four raised beds we have planted vegetables that can be left to grow without too much care and attention, such as potatoes. In the remaining plots we plan to plant some fast-growing salad vegetables like lettuces and radishes.”

John Welch, Howard Cottage’s chief executive, said: “When Sir Ebenezer Howard conceived his garden city vision, he wanted residents to be able to use their back gardens to grow their own fruit and vegetables and be in tune with nature. Our donation of an allotment to Hillshott Infant School and Nursery School is entirely in keeping with that healthy living ethos.”

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