Costessey High school is busy building a new growing area to support the new Environment and Land based diploma that will start in schools from September 2009.
Back in the autumn I worked with Year 11 GSCE science students to design the new garden, measuring the plot and marking out the new beds.
Pauilne Williamson ,the Senior Science technician managing the project has called on volunteers from within the school (art technician in his lunch hour) and other community projects in Norwich (Paul working for Norfolk school Biodiversity project) and the Norwich Fringe Project to provide the extra help that is needed to see a new project off the ground.
Students have got their hands dirty building the wooden edged beds - working with a nail gun ( closely supervsed of course by Paul!), single digging the beds and filling the beds with soil and sol conditioner. They expressed satisfaction and may be a little surprise to see their paper plans actually becoming a reality.
A green netting wind break now runs long the fence to stop the prevailing winds across the playing field.
After half term, I will help the year 11s with fruit planting. Fruit trees have been donated by Norwich in Bloom and Norfolk County Council. Soft fruit will incude fruits that harvest within the school terms - strawberries, autumn raspberries, early and late variety of currants and blackberries.