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As their reward for attaining Level 4 in the Campaign for School Gardening the pupils at St Mary and Giles Junior School have been sent an amazing bonanza of plug plants of all kinds, and they’ve been enthusiastically planting them up! There were carrots, beans, cabbages, lettuces, spinach, courgettes – providing lots of healthy meals for school lunches! The pupils had already been sowing seeds in gardening sessions in the polytunnel – tomatoes, French beans, courgettes as well as cornflowers for the new Fullers Slade bed.They’ve also been helping SSIB plant up the old bus-shelter planters with marigolds, which will form the number 10 to publicise our 10 year anniversary at the North end.
The Queen Eleanor Brownies have also been helping Stony in Bloom by sowing marigold seeds and sunflower seeds, which they’ll plant in the bed in front of the St Mary and St Giles South side School when the seedlings are big enough to plant.
And the much younger children at the Hobbyhorse Nursery were full of delight at the bluebells in bloom at the Bluebell Party in the Bluebell Wood, which SSIB volunteers organised. (They also liked the cupcakes!)
They take a keen interest in wildlife, and thoroughly enjoyed planning and making a magnificent bug hotel with palettes donated by Peter Eales.
Meanwhile Pupils from the South Site helped to bring colour to the new bed that SSIB volunteers have created on Slade Lane by planting golden French marigolds there – and Russell St Pupils have planted a healthy crop of vegetables in their garden.
In June the St Mary and St Giles School Council planted up 60 hard-hat hanging baskets sponsored by McCarthy and Stone. The golden French marigold and blue lobelia provided a colourful decoration for the grounds of the school and Russell St School. On the last day of term the pupils sold the baskets to parents and teachers and gave £40 as a donation to Stony in Bloom!