Forest Primary School
The gardening club is for Year 3 pupils, accompanied by Year 2 pupils, and meets on Wednesday lunchtimes.
The club began after Easter 2010, and has quite a small patch at the moment, consisting of two planters and many pots, but this will change with the new, custom made planters bought with money kindly donated by the Channel Island Co-Operative Society.
The children have sown carrot, spring onion, lettuce and radish seed and have strawberry plants, garlic, chives, parsley, thyme and orange scented mint plants, all grown in compost kindly given by the States Work Department. The club hasn't yet been able to make very much use of the greenhouse, but does have some tomato and cucumber plants, all of which are fruiting.
At the end of term, the children took home a bunch of herbs, spring onions, some lettuce leaves, tomatoes and potatoes from the potato barrel.
The club has also been responsible for planting up the planters at the front of the school and in the infants' playground, for the hanging baskets and for the spectacular sunflowers along the roadside.
They also do a great deal of watering! All the plants have been donated, many as a result of the Floral Forest Group's plant sales.
The children from both gardening clubs have become enthusiastic gardeners, enjoying the experience of seeing plants grow and crops develop, and are becoming increasingly knowledgeable.
Many thanks are due to all those who have supported the clubs, both financially and practically.