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College revamps garden area for local school

College revamps garden area for local school

Staff and students from our Otley Campus have been helping a local school bloom thanks to an environmental link up. The group - from Easton and Otley College - were invited to Stowmarket High School to help revamp a garden area this week.

The horticultural department was delighted to take on the challenge and support this project. They visited the school during a week of college community projects.

David Bullock head of horticulture at the college, said, “We are keen to promote horticulture to new generations as the industry is suffering from a real skills shortfall at the moment. We are also keen to work with the local community and give our students the chance to gain new skills. Therefore we were delighted to be able to help out the school.”

During a week of work, we have pruned the mature apple tree, added soil to the raised vegetable beds, created a bug hotel and put in some oak sleeper benches. The college funded all of this work and it was our pleasure to help out.”

Glen Parker,  the inclusion manager at the school said, “Part of my job is to help engage young people via outreach activities. Therefore improving this garden area will be useful as it will give them the opportunity of getting involved in the environment and horticultural projects.”

“Easton and Otley have been brilliant – they have really made a big impact – they’ve had a real good go at it and helped bring the garden back to life. We have students who are interested in horticulture therefore it’s great to create this link with our local horticultural education provider.”

John Palser is a student who helped out. The 20 year old from Bredfield, said, “We have been helping with tidying up and improvement work. The idea is to make the area more wildlife friendly and more educational.”

“I’ve enjoyed being a part of this. We have gained more landscape and pruning knowledge and it feels good helping out the local community.”

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