All hands dig in for garden

Acklington CE First School's Big Gardening Day
Acklington CE First School's Big Gardening Day

Parents, pupils and pets joined forces for a day of community gardening at a north Northumberland first school.

Forty adults and children, and one small dog, came together at Acklington First School for the event last month.

Governors, teachers, parents and green-fingered members of the community helped to set up an allotment area next to the black poplar tree in the school field.

The area will be used for pupils to grow their own fruit and vegetables, and to plant flowers and shrubs around the whole school.

Volunteers spent four hours sprucing up the school’s grounds ready for the summer and nice weather.

The school was buzzing with activity throughout the time and children as young as three, from the school’s recently-openednursery, joined in to plant gooseberry bushes, strawberries and giant sunflowers.

Adults planted a mass of colourful flowers and plants.

Even Poofie the Jack Russell contributed to the gardening day by helping dig holes to plant bulbs outside the classrooms.

To add to the project, a little boat was also filled with compost and planted.

Headteacher Claire Jones said: “It was great fun to spend the day gardening with the children and members of the community.

“I think it is so important that children learn about food and how it is grown and to take ownership of their school grounds.

“I was overwhelmed at the kindness of people who live around the school who gave up their time and shared their plants.

“We are also very thankful to the managers of Shades of Green who contributed vegetable planters, pots, and edging, and to Jacksons Gardening Services and Homebase, Alnwick, for contributing bags of compost.’’

She also thanked all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day.