Pupils digging deep for gardening tips

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PUPILS enjoyed some green-fingered fun when a professional gardener visited school.

As part of its partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, Northstead School was visited by the society’s gardening advisor John Hickling.

Mr Hickling, who is part of the RHS Regional Campaign for Schools, spent the day working with Year Five pupils, teaching them the tricks of the gardening trade. Youngsters planted their own pots and learnt about growing vegetables, as well as identifying and tasting some more unusual vegetables.

Richard Trousdale, a teaching assistant at Northstead School, said: “We have been doing a bit of work with the Royal Horticultural Society as we wanted to expand our gardening club activities.

“We have now become a partner school with the society, and John will come in twice a term for the next two years working with the children and helping the staff plan the garden designs and grow plants.

“We have got some very keen gardeners at the school. “The school’s other year groups are all now really looking forward to the next time John visits.”