Pupils dig in to help bloom bid

Newby and Scalby in bloom was launched at Newby and Scalby School by some of the school children planting seed potato's which they will nurture throughout the growing season. Pictured with the children are Peter and Lois Staveley both of newby and Scalby in bloom group. 121313b. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'27/03/2012
Newby and Scalby in bloom was launched at Newby and Scalby School by some of the school children planting seed potato's which they will nurture throughout the growing season. Pictured with the children are Peter and Lois Staveley both of newby and Scalby in bloom group. 121313b. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'27/03/2012

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters from a Scarborough school have planted the seeds for a bloomin’ good summer!

The children from Newby and Scalby Primary School took to the allotment to start nurturing potatoes ahead of a big challenge.

The move was orchestrated to help launch Newby and Scalby in Bloom and the pupils will be joined by counterparts from Northstead Primary School, Barrowcliff School, Lindhead School and St Peter’s RC School to see who grows the heaviest spuds.

Peter Staveley, chairman of Newby and Scalby in Bloom, said the youngsters warmed to the task.

He said: “They really enjoyed it and we had questions like ‘will they be ready tomorrow straight after we had planted them’!

“But it is so great to see their faces when the potatoes grow and are eventually dug up and they can see what they have produced.

“It is a great way to bring the communities together.

“The children love being part of it.”