Green-fingered Greatham Primary youngsters hope to pot cash

Greatham Primary School Eco club co-ordinator Tara Sotheran and pupil Scarlett Garthwaite with seedlings in the Eco club potting shed.
Greatham Primary School Eco club co-ordinator Tara Sotheran and pupil Scarlett Garthwaite with seedlings in the Eco club potting shed.

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters are holding a fundraiser in school to help their garden blossom.

Members of Greatham Primary School’s Eco Club are creating a new sensory garden as part of a garden project, but there is still a lot of work to do.

The club hope to raise money towards their ambitions when they will be selling seedlings and arts and crafts made by the youngsters.

Eco Club leader Tara Sotheran said: “At the minute we are working on creating a sensory garden in our allotment beds with the help of one of our green-fingered parents, Mrs Justine Whitfield, who also helps me run the club.

“One of the children’s dads is planning to build us a wooden fence as well.

“We still need so much to finish off our garden area so we are having a fundraiser at school to try to raise enough to finish it all.”

The event will also include a bric-a-brac stall, raffle and skipping display, while the school Glee club will be singing. The Eco club was boosted recently by the addition of a new potting shed.

Tara added: “Our head teacher, Mrs Dunn, bought it with school funds because for years we had small plastic covered weak-framed structures which kept breaking and getting wrecked in bad weather.

“We were awarded the Green Flag Award for the second time in November and it was felt that they deserved this amazing space to work in especially as they were using it to grow beautiful things to improve the school grounds.”

It is also used by any child who wants to have a go at planting and growing.

“It gives them a sense of responsibility and pride,” said Tara.

“Having the shed is making a huge difference to our Eco Club, not only does it look amazing, but it is a fantastic space for us to be able to start off seedlings – and keep dry.”

The fundraiser take place on Thursday, May 15, from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

Everyone is welcome, and raffle donations can be left at school up until Wednesday.