Give Peas a Chance - Saturday Programme

We recruited 10 enthusiastic children from Y6 at Buxton Junior School to take part in the first programme of a new project, Give Peas a Chance. Funded by the Cadent Foundation, regional gas infrastructure supplier, the seven week course introduces children to the pleasures of horticulture and the benefits it can have on their health and well-being and on our environment.

The group had the Community Garden to themselves on Saturdays starting from 1 May 2021 for active exploration of soil analysis, composting, bug identification, sowing, pricking out and caring for vegetables and salad crops. They contributed to  great Science Share experiments and also worked on their photography, printing, sketching and presentation skills. The first course ended last week with presentation of certificates and an opportunity for family members to have a tour of the Community Garden – guided by young graduates. The children have gained knowledge and skills in gardening and growing plants. They’ve also grown in confidence themselves. All whilst having fun.

Garden volunteers have cooked up hot lunches, making use of vegetable harvests as available. Gradually the tastes of some group members have changed as secret ingredients are added to favourites: beetroot in the chocolate cake, parsley flecks in the garlic bread.
Asked to evaluate the course, Grace said, ‘It’s the best opportunity ever.’ Everyone agreed. Keira’s favourite activity was conducting a guided tour for her Grandma, highlighting all she had learnt. Clips of her tour will be included in the video showcasing Serpentine Community Garden’s place in the town and the community: coming soon to a small screen near you.A second group is being recruited now for next year’s Y6 at Buxton Juniors. Everyone is looking forward to another great success.

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