Making friends at gardening club

Left to right, Roisin Coates, Taylor Lawson, Tia James and Taylor Lockey with teacher Laura Smith and chairman of the school governors county Coun Dennis Maddison

Left to right, Roisin Coates, Taylor Lawson, Tia James and Taylor Lockey with teacher Laura Smith and chairman of the school governors county Coun Dennis Maddison

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THIS little green man is the work of a kind-hearted councillor who has been helping a school gardening club to flourish.

Durham county councillor Dennis Maddison, who represents Horden, has been instrumental in the success of the gardening club at the village’s Cotsford Infant School.

He says he gets great pleasure in seeing pupils learning all about nature and watching their own seeds grow.

But Coun Maddison, who is chairman of the school governors, is appealing for more parents to attend the after-school sessions.

“It would be great to get more mums and dads involved,” he said.

“It makes great quality time for families. The kids absolutely love it.

“But it’s a shame more parents don’t come along.”

Coun Maddison set up the scheme at the Cotsford Park Estate-based school around seven years ago.

He said: “When I first started it for the kids, I wanted to bring a bit more fun into gardening.”

The Labour councillor added that initial sessions saw up to 30 children attending, but the number had to be knocked down to a more manageable 15.

He has been helping youngsters to grow all manner of fresh produce, including cabbages, lettuces, radishes and onions – all of which the youngsters get to take home to eat.

Coun Maddison said two or three parents do attend but he feels a lot more are missing out.

He added that Cotsford Junior School has a good attendance of parents.

The after-school gardening sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.30pm.

There is no session in the Easter holidays.

Parents wanting more information about attending the gardening club can call the school on (0191) 5865372.