Year 7 and 8 Gardening Club
Since January, Year 7 and 8 have been attending a Garden club as part of St Paul’s Academy Enrichment programme. Students have worked on preparing the raised beds for planting by turning the soil over and adding compost. Students have designed a planting programme for the half term by planting radish and bean sprouts.
Picture 1: The bed has been covered to protect the seeds from late frosts and inclement weather.
The first week of March has seen students plant Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) as part of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust initiative to improve the biodiversity of gardens to attract species of bee to our gardens.
Picture 2: Andrei prepares the pots with compost.
Picture 3: Roshan placing the Nasturtium seeds into the pots.
The Year 7s this week planted saplings of Hawthorn and Dog Rose along the fringes of the school site to create a continual hedge and improve the biodiversity of this area. The aim is to create a hedge that provides a migratory corridor to animals on site, such as field mice and hedgehogs. Students have also learnt how to use garden tools for the first time by completing the different garden activities.
Picture 4: Roshan, Andrei and Carys planting Woodland Trust tree saplings.
Moving forward students are looking forward to making Easter plant pots to sell for charities the school are supporting and harvesting the first spring crops to donate to the canteen and take home.
Picture 5: Despite the weather students were jubilant with their achievements.