Garden transformation on the timetable at Sowerby primary school

Children and staff at Sowerby Village Primary School who are planning to transform their school grounds with Gareth Ewing, of Lloyds Banking Group (right) and headteacher Lynsey Mitchell (left).
Children and staff at Sowerby Village Primary School who are planning to transform their school grounds with Gareth Ewing, of Lloyds Banking Group (right) and headteacher Lynsey Mitchell (left).

Children at a village primary school are sowing the seeds for success with a garden and orchard project

Sowerby Village C of E School is developing its grounds to ensure pupils can reap the rewards of horticulture and outdoor learning activities.

The scheme includes the introduction of an orchard of fruit trees, a designated wildlife area, a sensory garden and a reflection area.

The school has been helped by a donation of £1,100 from the Halifax Bank which was presented to pupils and staff by Gareth Ewing, of Lloyds Banking Group. They have also been helped by former Calderdale councillor Keith Hutson, a horticulturalist.

Head teacher Lynsey Mitchell said: “The children are very excited about the project.

“The staff and I are keen to develop a sense of stewardship in our pupils and our plans to use the different outdoor areas to support learning during the school day, through after-school gardening and wildlife clubs as well as community projects should ensure this.”

The school hope to ‘cut the ribbon’ on the orchard at its annual community Spring Fair next May.

In the meantime, the school is inviting the community in to their Open Afternoon on Tuesday December 17 when they will treat visitors to a Nativity performance at 1.30pm, home-made cakes and refreshments along with a variety of Christmas crafts to enjoy.