Portchester pupils get their hands dirty

GREEN FINGERS Back row, community assistant Louise Bryant, Rachael Rogers from Garsons, Ella Milliken, nine, and Jake Keen, 10, with Grace Gordon, 10, and Evan Goldstone, 10 at the front
GREEN FINGERS Back row, community assistant Louise Bryant, Rachael Rogers from Garsons, Ella Milliken, nine, and Jake Keen, 10, with Grace Gordon, 10, and Evan Goldstone, 10 at the front

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PRIMARY school children have been getting their hands dirty and putting their green fingers to work.

The children, from Wicor Primary School in Portchester, are taking part in the Growing with Schools scheme run by Garsons Garden Centre in Fontley Road, Titchfield.

The scheme encourages children to enjoy the outdoors. Plants from the garden centre have helped the children set up a tropical border.

Louise Bryant, a community assistant from Wicor Primary School, said: ‘We encourage every child to be a gardener. All the children plant seeds and bulbs, care for plants and then harvest.

‘The learning process continues by cooking the produce, selling, painting and photographing it as part of our curriculum.’

Rachael Rogers from Garsons said: ‘We’re so impressed with the gardens and what the school has achieved. It’s lovely to see the children enjoying the outdoors.’