School backs calls to save ‘vital’ facility

Youngsters from Hinderwell School who have being doing a gardening project with help from Manor Road Nursery.
Youngsters from Hinderwell School who have being doing a gardening project with help from Manor Road Nursery.

A school which teamed up with Scarborough’s Manor Road Nursery for a green-fingered project is backing calls to keep the “valuable community asset” open.

Pupils at Hinderwell Primary were given a small amount of money to buy seeds, sow them, and then attempt to sell the plants for a profit as part of a business and environmental project.

Children worked closely with the nursery, regularly visiting the site for help and advice, as well as welcoming staff into the school.

The facility’s future remains in the balance after Scarborough Council unveiled plans to close its nursery site and outsource the growing of its plants to an outside company in an attempt to slash costs.

A task group was set up to identify a strategy for the nursery as part of an ongoing review into the sale of the site.

Hinderwell headmaster Derek Johnson said: “We want to teach pupils about the community environment we live in and how to look after it and Manor Road is really valuable to us in helping the children do that.

“It would be a sad loss if the nursery did close as it is so proactive with local schools. The nursery is very much part of our community and part of our children’s lives.”

The two-acre site, which produces around 320,000 plants every year used in bedding, hanging baskets, containers and displays.