Budding young gardeners

Year 5 pupils from Murdishaw West Primary School have been busy working on an exciting, community gardening project with students and staff at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy.


Over the past year a group of OBA students has been involved in a running voluntary scheme which will be certified by V · INSPIRED, the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity. OBA’s very willing students have taught the primary pupils how to create and nurture some potted plants, how to plant flowers in the beds around the outside of OBA and they also gave them a lesson in maintaining a flowerbed to ensure the highest standard of presentation.

The project did not end there, because students from OBA then went out into the community to deliver the potted plants to elderly or deserving local residents that had been nominated by both OBA’s volunteer students and Murdishaw West Primary’s budding young gardeners.

Project organiser, Mr Watkins and Head of Humanities at OBA said:  “OBA’s students are thrilled to be working towards the 10, 20, 50 or 100 hour certificates which will be awarded by V · INSPIRED. They threw themselves whole-heartedly into teaching the primary pupils who had a really fun time learnt a lot.  The enjoyment was evident on their faces, as was the delight of the members in the local community who received the floral gifts.  This made everyone who took part in the project feel very proud.”