Corby pupils get growing with green-fingered gift of seeds and soil

The children hope to grown their own veg for a picnic

Monday, 24th May 2021, 1:54 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 1:56 pm

Pupils at a Corby school are ready to get stuck into National Children’s Gardening Week after a green-fingered donation from a local housebuilder.

Oakley Vale Primary School, close to Barratt Homes’ Lyveden Fields development, received a variety of vegetable seeds as well as compost and gravel for the children to plant.

National Children’s Gardening Week is an annual festival that’s celebrated in homes, schools, and community groups across the country.

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Students at Oakley Vale Primary School with the seeds and compost donated by Barratt Homes

The week-long series of events from May 29 to June 6 supports the Greenfingers charity - dedicated to providing 'magical' gardens for children in hospices suffering from life limiting illnesses.

Claire Johnson, assistant headteacher at Oakley Vale Primary School, said: “The donation from Barratt Homes has enabled us to extend the children’s learning and enhance our current curriculum offer. The children are very excited to learn about how the seeds will grow into different plants and we can’t wait to try our home grown produce.”

The school are currently learning about ‘Living Memories’ and they plan to end the year and celebrate their learning through a teddy bears' picnic. They plan to eat the vegetables that were planted over National Children’s Gardening Week as part of their snack.

Alison Raine, sales director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We hope our donation to Oakley Vale Primary School helped the children have fun planting and we hope that they will enjoy watching the vegetables grow.

“Growing their own vegetables for the teddy bears' picnic will add to the experience and we hope they will be very tasty. As a leading homebuilder it is important to us to care for the local communities in the areas in which we build.”

To find out more about National Children’s Gardening Week click here.