Kids’ garden restored

South Hiendley School has been renovating its wildlife garden and rural area.'Charlie Saxtonm, Sophie Bentley and  Lisa White (project manager Yorkshire Water)

South Hiendley School has been renovating its wildlife garden and rural area.'Charlie Saxtonm, Sophie Bentley and Lisa White (project manager Yorkshire Water)

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GREEN-fingered pupils are soon to be the cream of the crop after their garden was fully renovated ready for the growing season.

The youngsters, from South Hiendley school, on George Street, helped 18 workers from the project’s funders Yorkshire Water, who visited the school last Wednesday to spruce up the area.

They weeded, painted sheds, laid down paving stones, and moved fences to make the garden bigger.

Headteacher Lisa Corson said she was happy with the results.

She said: “The work that has been carried out has made a big difference to the outdoor area.

“The flagstones will make it so much easier for the children to garden and they are looking forward to getting back to growing lots of fruits and vegetables.”

The project was funded by Yorkshire Water’s One Million Green Fingers project, and received £500 worth of materials from B&Q and help with the manual labour.

The growing area has been in the school for the past few years and have previously enjoyed cooking with rhubarb, marrows, leeks and strawberries that have come from their patch, but the area was in need of a spring clean.

The school also developed a wildlife area in November last year, and they hope to continue growing vegetables and encouraging creatures into the area.

She said: “It is so important for the children to have an awareness about growing food so it carries on throughout their lives into adulthood.

“They have learnt how to grow food and cook from scratch and that is something our school is keen on teaching.”

The school also runs a gardening and cooking club for pupils and parents.