Westgarth Primary School Allotment is looked after by all the children in Year 4.
Every week the children either carry out tasks in the allotment or school grounds, or are inside learning about healthy eating and the environment, depending on the weather.
The new allotment is situated behind the Teacher Learning Centre.
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Children from Year 4 and Year 5 have been taking part in the John Muir Award Scheme. John Muir was born in Scotland in 1838 but emigrated to America with his family when he was young. He loved the natural world and spending time outdoors, and devoted his life to protecting America’s wilderness, in particular Yosemite National Park. The project is to encourage people to explore, enjoy and protect their local environment and wild spaces.
For this project the children have been studying the different types wildlife growing and living within their school grounds. So far they have looked at, and recorded, the changes seen throughout the school grounds during Autumn, by taking photographs and collecting natural materials of different colours. They have also studied the different trees growing in the area, taken bark rubbings and collected and drawn leaves.
The last two sessions of this term has been spent planting a wildlife hedge using saplings given to the school from the Woodlands Trust.
This week the John Muir group planted trees donated from the Woodland Trust in the school grounds. They created a feature circle of trees around the seat stumps of two diseased Whitebeam trees that had to be removed for safety.
The children separated the saplings into individual plants then planted them into the prepared spaces. They then placed the support stake next to the saplings and protected them with spiral tree guards.
The children really enjoyed the activity and looking forward to watching the trees grow, adding to the school's biodiversity.
Sprouts are full of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.
Britain once produced more varieties of apple, over 2000, than anywhere else in the world. You could have eaten a different apple every day for six years.