Bags of Hope leads to legacy garden
A project to create a fruit and vegetable garden at The Radclyffe School has made the shortlist for the latest Tesco ‘Bags of Hope’ award. Shoppers at Oldham Tesco stores can vote for their chosen project, with the funds coming from the charges of plastic shopping bags.
Teacher of Design & Technology Mr Munro explained, “Every time you shop in Tesco in Oldham you will receive a blue token. Find the voting unit in store and place the token to give us your vote.”
“The project is the brainchild of our Year 10 students, encouraging Year 7 and 8 children to discover their green fingers. As these students get older they will mentor younger students to keep the project producing”.
Within the school grounds a small garden area will be rejuvenated with raised beds and growing areas where fresh fruit and veg will bloom. The team of students running the project aims to give away the produce to meet local need.
A restored pond will encourage wildlife, together with a ‘bug hotel’, encouraging insects that help to pollenate the plants we all rely on.
When the area is ready for crop production the team will recruit students from Years 7 and 8. These students will manage and maintain the garden. Year 9 Business Studies students will help with the business/charity model for the produce.
When the year 8 team members enter senior years, they will recruit from the new group of younger students, inviting them to apply. The older students will coach the new team members in horticultural skills. This approach aims to promote the sustainability of the project with a new influx of passionate growers, and budding entrepreneurs each and every year.
All votes will count up until 31st October, in the Tesco stores in Chadderton, Shaw, Greenfield, Lees Road, Huddersfield Road and Ashton Road. Thank you for your support.