Budding gardeners get to work

A budding future ... Tudor Road Primary School pupils with chairman of Sudbury in Bloom, Nick Irwin.
A budding future ... Tudor Road Primary School pupils with chairman of Sudbury in Bloom, Nick Irwin.

HUNDREDS of children have been learning about gardening as part of a new horticultural scheme.

The Sudbury in Bloom committee has donated VegTrug – a new product used for growing plants and herbs – to 17 schools across the county.

The product is being used to teach children to plant and grow herbs and vegetables in a bid to encourage them to take an interest in the natural environment.

Christine Stainer, deputy headteacher at Tudor Primary School, where pupils are actively involved in planting projects, said the scheme had been a real hit.

“The children have already been growing lettuces, radishes and carrots and they really enjoy getting involved in planting and watching things grow,” she said.

Schools in Sudbury, Long Melford, Acton, Great Waldingfield, Hadleigh, Clare, Cavendish and Glemsford are among those to have been given a free VegTrug.

The donation follows a previous scheme where the schools were each handed 1,500 daffodil bulbs to plant in their grounds.

Nick Irwin, chairman of the Sudbury in Bloom committee, said: “We feel it is very important to support schools to get involved in horticultural projects.

“It is all part of our long-term aim to encourage children to care about the environment and to create a new generation of people who will look after their communities and the world in general.”

Anyone who needs more information should contact Nick Irwin on 01787 375957.