Plants and paths leading to Malawi
VISITORS to Pluckley churchyard glancing over the ancient flint boundary wall have been intrigued. The plot of fallow land between Station Road and the Orchards is slowly being cleared of weeds and raised beds are starting to appear. This is not another mystery apparition in the area famed as the most haunted in Britain but a partnership designed to reach across the generations and oceans.
It is the vision of members of the village gardening society that have linked with teachers from Pluckley primary school. Soon pathways will be sown with grass seed and the beds planted up with flowers and vegetables. By mid summer, with fair weather, they expect the area will be a riot of colour, supplying good crops of produce. All is being made possible by generous supporters including the Highwood family who have provided fencing, Trevor Heathcote who supplied the filling of the raised beds, and Community Payback that provided the muscle to clear the site. The final piece of the jigsaw came from friends and neighbours who supported a quiz night to raise £300 for the venture. Now teachers will be able to use the outdoor space for lessons in geography, the environment, science and natural history, and pupils will enjoy the fresh air and surroundings as they grow and harvest their own crops. The gardening club members will have the pleasure of passing on their expertise to the next generation.
The good news will also be winging its way across the world to Chikawawa. This is a school in Malawi that is twinned with Pluckley, and children on both continents are being encouraged to share a written and visual diary of the crops they grow and eat in a practical way of widening their horizons.