Thumbs up for school eco team

GREEN TEAM: Children from the Gardening Club at Crowle Primary School seen here alongside (from left) North Axholme Allotment Society's Pauline Turner, mascot Captain Carrot, teacher Tracy Hotchin, Eric Yates and Mike Richards, also from the allotment society.
GREEN TEAM: Children from the Gardening Club at Crowle Primary School seen here alongside (from left) North Axholme Allotment Society's Pauline Turner, mascot Captain Carrot, teacher Tracy Hotchin, Eric Yates and Mike Richards, also from the allotment society.

NAAS members recently met with the school gardening club’s ‘Eco Team’ who are reclaiming nearby waste ground, using it to grow produce and preserve wildlife.

Work began on a nature area in 2009 when it was a jungle of nettles and weeds but children have created a vegetable plot with raised beds and habitats for insects and birds.

There is also a pond designed to attract wildlife and a greenhouse is being made from used plastic bottles.

Teacher Tracy Hotchin said: “It was a pleasure to watch the children excitedly digging for the potatoes they had grown.

“Our gardening club is very keen to grow the vegetables and help maintain the plot. Last year we harvested a range of produce - potatoes, onions, marrows, pumpkins and apples.

“Much of the produce was used in the school kitchen and some taken home to parents.”

The school has forged strong links with NAAS and its acting chairman, Eric Yates, commended the Eco Team‘s efforts.

“The progress made by the children is pretty amazing and the garden looks really good, even in February,” he added.