Growing success at Strathmore Primary School

Healthy kids - tucking into carrots and strawberries are (from left), Lia Cameron, Daryn Stewart, Sarah McWilliam and Melville Mitchell. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)

Healthy kids - tucking into carrots and strawberries are (from left), Lia Cameron, Daryn Stewart, Sarah McWilliam and Melville Mitchell. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)

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AN enterprising project at Strathmore Primary School is growing in popularity, with the local community about to benefit from the fruits of their labour.

The Strathmore Gardening Club is an after school club which runs for one hour every Tuesday, led by Christine Farquhar.

For two days last week the club held fruit and vegetable taster sessions for all pupils.

Christine said: “There were 15 different kinds of fruit and vegetables available giving a fantastic range for the children to sample.

“Everyone tucked in leaving only empty plates behind. We thank Tesco in Forfar for their donation which helped towards the purchase of the fruit and vegetables.”

The Gardening club recently received a grant of nearly £2,300 from the Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge fund which has enabled the club to purchase a poly tunnel, shed, various herb/fruit/vegetable planters and some garden tools.

Christine continued: “This equipment will allow us to carry out our ”Grow Your Own “ project, where we hope to encourage pupils, parents and the people of Forfar to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

“In order to achieve this we are, at present, growing a variety of fruit and veg in our Eco garden and intend holding an open morning in June where we will invite everyone to come and help themselves to free plants which we hope will be successfully grown at home.

“As well as our theme of grow your own, we hope to encourage people to buy locally grown produce and to recycle. In the school garden we have used lots of recycled products, old tyres, wellies and tubs as planters, juice bottles as bird feeders, milk cartons as planters on fencing and to collect rainwater, old timber to make veg beds and old pallets to produce a Bug Hotel.

“We have a dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic group of pupils who regularly attend gardening club and they have helped to transform the area we were given into the fantastic garden it is today.

“It still has area’s under development but we hope when completed it will be somewhere all the pupils and staff at Strathmore Primary School can enjoy.”