James cultivates a love of gardening

James Balderson-Leef, 11
James Balderson-Leef, 11

An 11-year-old boy who developed a passion for gardening after joining a school club has transformed his mum’s back yard.

James Balderson-Lees discovered his green-fingered skills through a gardening club run at Olympic Primary School, Wellingborough, with youth charity Service Six.

James, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has since started growing potatoes, tomatoes, peas, chillies, herbs and strawberries in the garden of his home in Kilnway, Wellingborough.

His mum Terri Balderson, 35, said: “I’m now having to take up half of my decking so that he can grown more potatoes and some carrots.

“I think the club has been a really good thing.

“It’s given him life skills and he’s learned to have responsibilty because he knows he has to water the plants every day.

“Because of his ADHD I have never seen him so enthusiastic about anything.”

James said: “I find it interesting.

“I had never done anything in the garden before joining the club.”

James and his mum now plan to canvass their neighbours about asking Wellingborough Council if they can develop vegetable patches on the land at the back of their home.