A local school is in the process of building a horticultural area to further the learning experience of children, thanks to funding from the council’s Devolved Budget scheme.
Staff at The Haven C of E and Methodist School in Sovereign Harbour wanted to use a small plot of wasteland to teach the children about the importance of sustainability and healthy eating. Needing funding to support the project the school bursar, Kim Leonida, applied to the council-funded scheme.
Sovereign ward councillors Philip Ede, Gordon Jenkins and Patrick Warner donated £2,500 to the school and work has started to transform the area. The funding has been used to purchase and construct a greenhouse, install rain capturing butts for irrigation and establish a planting area for the children.
The councillors said, “We are delighted to see this project come to fruition. In this day and age, where children’s pastimes and learning experiences are becoming increasingly ‘virtual’, it is good for them to enjoy learning about the process of growing produce for themselves, getting their hands dirty and being out in the fresh air instead of sat in front of a computer screen.
“The produce they grow can also be used to supplement school meals or sold on to the parent community at school events, so that the pupils can also learn about enterprise. I think that it would be great to see other schools having the opportunity to follow suit.”