Hailsham: Water butts just the job!

Louise Hack (back left) the Deputy Head of Park Mead School with members of the school eco warrior team as they recieve water butts from Jane Gould of South East Water
Louise Hack (back left) the Deputy Head of Park Mead School with members of the school eco warrior team as they recieve water butts from Jane Gould of South East Water

A PRIMARY school garden in Upper Dicker has been given a boost towards water efficient growing thanks to the donation of two water butts by South East Water.

Park Mead Primary School will use the water butts in their environmental garden.

Rainwater will be collected and used by the children who will not only learn about growing their own plants but also water efficiency.

Louise Hack, deputy headteacher of Park Mead Primary, said, “The environmental garden is very important to the children.

“Each class has its own environmental plot where pupils can grow flowers and vegetables such as sweet peas, potatoes and sweetcorn.

“Not only does the garden teach the pupils about where food comes from, but how different vegetables taste, as the food grown is then served in the school canteen.

“The donation of these water butts will not only help feed our garden, but will also show the pupils about the importance of water conservation and how water should be used wisely.”

Lee Dance, South East Water’s head of water resources and environmental, said, “It was a pleasure to donate these water butts to Park Mead Primary School.

“It is important that children learn from a young age how they can conserve water, not only in the home, but in the garden as well.

“Plants much prefer rainwater to tap water so by storing it in a water butt the young gardeners will not only benefit the environment, they should see the benefit in their plants too.”