Green-fingered students are given a helping hand

Budding gardeners SUS-140723-101603001
Budding gardeners SUS-140723-101603001

Budding gardeners from Lindfield School in Hampden Park have a new shed and polytunnel, thanks to a £1,100 donation from Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees Area Panel.

The school, which has around 80 pupils, runs a BTEC in horticulture for some of the older pupils. The garden was set up last year and pupils learn about planting and growing and have produced a range of fruit and vegetables including peas, lettuce, strawberries and rhubarb.

The children needed somewhere to store their gardening equipment and wanted to grow plants in the 20ft long polytunnel, so applied to the Area Panel.

Julie Marks, who is in charge of gardening at Lindfield, said, “Because this is a special school, courses which are more practical-based are better for many of the students.

“The children have been learning about planting and compost bins and we now have a wormery.

“We’re very grateful to the Area Panel for funding the shed and polytunnel. With a bit of help, the children dug the foundations and put the hoops up for it.”

Eastbourne Homes provides funding for theArea Panel to spend on local community projects.

Tim Harris, interim chief executive at Eastbourne Homes, said, “Some children only see fruit and veg on supermarket shelves, so it’s important for them to learn about where food really comes from. It’s very satisfying growing and eating your own produce, so I’m delighted the Area Panel has been able to assist with this.”