Chipping Campden School gets a helping hand in the garden
Pupils and teachers at Chipping Campden School took delivery of over a thousand pounds of gardening equipment today, including essential tools, Wellington boots and wheelbarrows, all courtesy of a combined gesture from Evesham Garden Centre and The Valley in Evesham.
Geoff Carr, teacher at Chipping Campden School, said "We have a thriving interest in working with nature at the school. We run a GCSE in Environmental and Land-Based Science and a gardening club, as well as being involved in the international EcoSchools movement”. He continued "Most of our kit is at least ten years old, and lots have been broken or worn out over the years, so this donation is both timely and appreciated".
The school garden extends to supplying their own canteen with vegetables, as well as starting a Community Interest Company to help sell a broad range of products including apple juice, pork sausages from the Gloucester Old Spot pigs, lamb burgers from Cotswold sheep, vegetables, eggs and even willow products.
The donation is hoped to be the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the school and The Valley, where work is planned to rejuvenate the orchards and make them accessible to study groups.
Commenting from The Valley, Marketing Manager, Phil Maclean said "We were so impressed with what Geoff and his pupils have achieved at the school and are delighted to be able to support the school in this way. We are excited at the prospect of working in partnership with the school to learn more about our own orchards".