Writtle College students help local pupils make sack gardens!

April 2013

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Writtle College degree students have shown junior school pupils how to create sack gardens.

The BSc and Foundation degree horticulture students showed 14 enthusiastic children from Writtle Junior School Gardening Club how to make the sack gardens using recycled materials and planted them with salad crops. They will be taken to the school once they have established.

Head Teacher Nick Taylor said: “It’s great to see our children having the opportunity to work in partnership with the College as they have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of the different salad crops. We can’t wait to have the sacks in our school grounds to harvest them.”

Horticulture lecturer Simon Hart said: “Sack gardens are an interesting way of producing a range of plants, particularly salads. They can be made for next to nothing and take up very little space.”

Dr Jill Raggett, Manager of the Centre for Arts and Design in the Environment (CADE) at Writtle College, added: “We were so pleased our local school wanted to work with us. We are keen at Writtle College to make a love of growing and caring for plants either as a career or a hobby; a life-long skill.

“This was a great opportunity for the two educational organisations based in Writtle village to share their enthusiasm, for students to plan and appreciate working with the community and for the school children to experience working in a horticultural glasshouse.

“I look forward to seeing the sack gardens full of healthy and delicious salad crops that are ready to eat being delivered to their new home at the village school.”