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Bexleyheath community digs in to help a school's gardening club

PUBLISHED: 12:51 12 October 2010

Ellie Smith 10 and Joe Bagnall 10

Ellie Smith 10 and Joe Bagnall 10

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Parents will be digging this weekend to help kick start a children's gardening club.

Ellie Smith 10 and Joe Bagnall 10

The newly revamped Upton Primary School in Iris Avenue, Bexleyheath, has launched its own gardening club run by the children.

But on Saturday (16) parents will have to step in to dig the ground for the bedding plants dubbed Dig for Upton Day after the recent building work has left the ground rock hard.

Parent Sharon Baker, 39, whose three-year-old son Jenson Barrington attends the nursery at the school, said: “It is a good chance to get to know the teachers and other parents and get involved in helping the school as not much help is being given to schools at the moment.

“Because the ground has never been cultivated before and due to the recent building work the ground is rock hard and it means the children cannot do it.”

The children will be responsible for all the planting, cultivation and maintenance and plans are underway to create a vegetable patch, flower beds, a wildlife area and a pond life garden.

The school has already raised £260 from a “non uniform day”, which will be used to buy bulbs and seeds. Pupils at Blackfen School for Girls in Blackfen Road, Sidcup, have offered help in creating the pond area.

Local business have also backed the club by donated items for the garden.

The school was re-opened in March this year after the addition of a children’s centre which brought together a range of services for children from birth to five years. There are also flexible teaching and learning areas to allow for work between classes and across year groups with direct links from classrooms to outside learning areas.

Each classroom already has its own planted bed cultivated by the children.

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