Westbourne Wildlife Club Celebrates!
Early in December, the Westbourne Wildlife Club received its Level 4 certificate in the Royal Horticultural Society's Campaign for School Gardening, for being entrepreneurial and selling the produce they have been growing to staff.
Since they began a year ago, the members of the Wildlife Club have quickly achieved Levels 1, 2 and 3. They have learned how to use tools like a professional gardener to dig rake and sow as well as how to protect plants against weather, pests and diseases. The club encourages wildlife to the garden by providing homes and habitats, they re-use as many things as they can and they understand composting. Between them they can prepare areas for planting and have grown a range of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The next level is a little more in depth because they need to involve the local community in order to meet the success criteria. To achieve this, their plan is to invite current Year 6 pupils from primary partner schools to help them plant pumpkin seeds in late spring/early summer. In September 2020, the new Year 7 students who were involved in planting out the pumpkin seeds, will then be involved in harvesting them and perhaps even carving them next October as part of a Halloween/harvest festival bonanza.
Pictured are the Wildlife Club students celebrating achieving the Level 4 award together with a Super Seed Bundle of Mr Fothergill’s seeds worth over £100. This box is bursting with seeds from tomatoes, carrots and pumpkins to forget me nots, poppies and cornflowers, giving them something to sow or harvest all year round.
On our galleries page under ‘Gandalf’s Garden’ you can find more photos of the plants and vegetables that were cultivated by the Westbourne Wildlife Club during the summer and over the summer holidays.
Mr Ian Hirst
Ecotherapy Lead Tutor & Eco-Schools Coordinator