Children unveil their new garden helper

Four-year-olds Jack Reid and Grace Essam, from Windermere Day Nursery, Kettering, with a new scarecrow standing watch over vegetables they have planted
Four-year-olds Jack Reid and Grace Essam, from Windermere Day Nursery, Kettering, with a new scarecrow standing watch over vegetables they have planted

Pre-schoolers have got a new helper who helps them grow a variety of home-grown fresh vegetables and herbs at a Kettering nursery.

Cliff is a scarecrow created by children at the Windermere Day Nursery to watch over newly planted runner beans, lettuce and chives, in the nursery garden at Haweswater Road.

The growing areas are just one feature of the large garden which will be open to visitors on Saturday, June 1, between 10am and 1pm.

Sue Nixon, deputy manager at Windermere, said: “We are so very proud of our garden we want to open it to local children and their families so they, too, can enjoy the magic. To promote respect for the environment and healthy lifestyle messages we have child-sized watering cans as gifts for our little visitors.”

Flowers also feature in the annual planting, which is designed to foster a respect for the environment and help teach maths, science and healthy lifestyle messages to children, who plant, tend and harvest the produce. It is then prepared by cook Winnie Taylor.

“Outdoor play is not only essential for young children in developing healthy lifestyles but also offers endless learning opportunities, and supports the development of planning, co-operation and social skills,” Mrs Nixon added. “The children love growing food to eat and imaginative play so the garden is in constant use, whatever the weather.”