Gift seeds a grow­ing in­ter­est in gar­den­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Stu­dents can learn how to grow plants thanks to a new gar­den­ing area.

Chil­dren at Ken­ning­ton Academy in Up­per Vicarage Road, Ash­ford, now have an area filled with fruit, veg­eta­bles and wildlife at­tract­ing plants fol­low­ing a do­na­tion from By­brook Barn Gar­den Cen­tre.

De­signs for the gar­den were sub­mit­ted by pupils in an Easter com­pe­ti­tion, and staff at the hor­ti­cul­tural busi­ness took el­e­ments from each to plan the area out­side the school’s hall. Once built, pupils spent lessons help­ing to plant it and learn­ing about gar­den­ing.

Paul Bowen from By­brook said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic way for us to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and we hope that the project will in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of gar­den­ers.”

Kelly Ben­nett, DT sub­ject leader at the schoo, said:“What they have been able to pro­vide has far ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. The dull patch of grass has been com­pletely trans­formed in to a lovely gar­den area for all chil­dren to use in school.”

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