Young gardeners create a truly Titanic display

From left: Phoebe Hoyle, seven; Tristian Shaw, six; Alicia Mangwende, seven; Emily Chandler, eight; Paige Shaw, 10; Holly Duncan, nine. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122113-1)
From left: Phoebe Hoyle, seven; Tristian Shaw, six; Alicia Mangwende, seven; Emily Chandler, eight; Paige Shaw, 10; Holly Duncan, nine. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122113-1)

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As various events were held to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, pupils at Newtown Primary School decided they wanted to commemorate it differently.

The Muddy Boots Gardening Club at the Gosport school meets three times a week to work on gardening skills.

Joseph Knight, seven, who painted the Titanic

Joseph Knight, seven, who painted the Titanic

Members learn how to remove weeds and plant flowers, among other horticultural tasks.

And to mark major events, the children also create themed gardens.

For Titanic, they made a memorial garden, including an iceberg, and people’s faces in the ship’s windows.

Carol Edgar, who runs the club, says: ‘They were learning about Titanic in school.

‘It’s a gardening club that’s supposed to be fun and most of them are really good.

‘The fact that we’ve got so many children doing it and have a long waiting list speaks for itself.’

The club also celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special display in honour of Her Majesty.

‘They made a coach out of flowers and they made a horse out of wooden twigs,’ adds Carol.

She says the club has been a big success since it began four years ago.

‘They take produce home and we also do a massive wheelbarrow full of produce for the local church harvest festival.

‘Vegetables get sold to parents and the money goes back into the school gardening fund.

‘The children benefit in lots of ways.

‘They don’t realise that they’re doing school work because it’s made fun.’

Carol adds: ‘We have some children who are really academic and there are some that aren’t.

‘The children that aren’t really enjoy gardening. They achieve something all the time.

‘We have a whole range of children, right through from those who have just started to those who are about to leave school.

‘We don’t stop for the holidays and it’s gone from strength to strength.

‘We started off with one garden and we’ve gone around the whole school.’

There are a total of 92 children in the club, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and on Friday afternoons.

This is during ‘golden time’, where the children can choose an activity to take part in.