Green-fingered children busy in garden

Children at Throston Primary School working in their new community garden.
Children at Throston Primary School working in their new community garden.
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GREEN-FINGERED youngsters are working in their own outdoor patch after their school community garden was officially opened.

The children at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, have been counting down the days until their own garden patch was completed.

And now the children have the opportunity to show off their gardening skills.

Children of all ages at the school are planting and growing their own vegetables in the garden, which has been called Sunny Patch.

They are also learning how to keep the patch in good condition.

Mark Atkinson, headteacher at the school, said: “The children are all so excited that our garden is now officially open.

“We have a community kitchen in the school so not only can the youngsters plant and watch their vegetables grow, they can then take them into the kitchen and prepare them.

“They are getting the chance to see the full cycle in operation.”

The school received the funding for the garden from a Neighbourhood Action Plan grant.

Now the garden is complete, the children will also get the chance to work with older gardening experts.

Mr Atkinson explained: “We have already made contact with some allotment owners in the town who are going to come in and work with the children.

“Experts from the Wildlife Trust are also going to offer their advice.

“The children can learn a lot from a project like this.”