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Green Growth at Wincanton Primary School

Wednesday 4 July 2012, 19:12
By John Baxter

Boy with plants, to state the obvious.It was great to meet teaching assistant Lynn Francis and an enthusiastic group of pupils from Wincanton Primary who are all thrilled by the gift of flowers and plants from Otter Nurseries for their latest project, a learning garden.

It is easy for us who live in towns to be unaware of how we depend on the living environment that surrounds us. We also need to have hands-on experience to see how plants flourish or how vulnerable they are to pests, the weather or ignorance on our part. On top of that there is the enormous pleasure and recreation people of all ages get from gardening, looking after plants or growing some vegetables.

The intention behind the learning garden is to encourage both pupils and parents to get involved, either taking home surplus plants or bringing in extra plants. There are also plans to erect a covered decking area so classes can learn about what is happening to their plants in all weathers. To do this they need to raise £5,000 and so are looking out for residents or businesses who may be prepared to donate or sponsor their support or give of their time to help maintain the garden, so if you would like to get involved or donate, give the school a call.

Children in the Wincanton Primary School garden


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