Digging in


Ecclesbourne School's Year 10 CoPE‚Äč students have put a grant from ASDAN to good use by getting to work on transforming a disused patch of land.

The area is in a spinney at the bottom of the school site and, since it has a number of large trees surrounding it, cultivating the land proved difficult. To overcome this obstacle the students decided to build a large raised bed and buy planters in which to grow plants. The area is also quite shaded so the students researched what type of vegetables would grow best in the time frame of the project.

The students decided that they would like to make the garden a place to relax; therefore they bought a picnic bench with the ASDAN grant. The funding was also spent on tools, wooden boarding, a picnic bench, planters, compost, seeds, bark and a wheelbarrow.

Catherine James, enhanced learning teacher at Ecclesbourne, said: "The students made a fantastic start to their horticulture project but it continues to be work in progress. The project was set to run for a five-week block but then other, less frequent lessons will be built in so that students can maintain the garden. We wish to thank ASDAN for the funding received so far. It has made a huge difference and given the students an experience they are thoroughly enjoying."