Builders merchant chain Gibbs & Dandy, has helped a primary school open its very own allotment, after pupils asked teachers for more outdoor learning spaces.
Materials for the allotment at Southroyd Primary School in Leeds were donated by Gibbs & Dandy’s Pudsey branch to make raised beds where pupils will be able to grow seasonal produce. The scheme is designed to encourage healthy eating, as well as developing the gardeners’ skills.
Dave Manton, acting head teacher at Southroyd Primary School, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Gibbs & Dandy for its generous donation. It’s provided the school with a fantastic outdoor learning environment, where the children can grow and nurture their own plants and establish the concepts linking growing with eating.
“When we talked to our children about what they wanted from a learning experience, they talked about opportunities to work more outside and be active in their learning. Having our own set of allotments within the school has presented some excellent opportunities for exactly this, with our children able to explore science and develop a love of growing, as well as developing a healthy diet.”