Green fingered children from Garden City Academy have found room to grow a range of vegetables from seeds in their allotment after a donation from the Jordans Trust in Biggleswade.
The Year 1 to 6 pupils visited the historical site and its unique food and flower gardens to present a collage of vegetables and fruits which the class had all grown from seed and then taken home to eat with their families.
The children were given the opportunity to learn all about the science of germination, what plants need to grow, and then practised growing them at their school gardening club.
Donna Crampton, teacher at garden City Academy said: “We are delighted with the donation because it has allowed the children to enjoy growing vegetables and tending to them.”
“Our after-school gardening club has helped children learn all about the different types of flowers and plants and the diverse habitats they need to thrive.
“They have grown some lovely vegetables and herbs and the children have enjoyed tasting mint, courgettes, potatoes, and tomatoes.”
She added: “It has all helped to enrich the children’s learning.
“Not many of them will have an allotment or even a vegetable box at home.
“Now they’ve seen it’s possible to grow fruit and vegetables, and that there are many different varieties for them to choose from.”
Garden City Academy were awarded funding to continue developing their after-school gardening club.
Bill Jordan, Founder of the Jordans Trust said: “It’s great to see our young enthusiasts getting more involved with the food they eat and more importantly learning where it comes from.
“I wholeheartedly believe it is the best way to teach because it opens their eyes to a world of possibility and helps us to engage the future generations to help preserve and protect our planet.
“We like to make learning fun and do this in our trails, free children’s events and Mill tours so we can educate and preserve a little bit of history.”
The picture from the GCA gardening club will be displayed in the Mill Museum at the Langford road site.
In July 2018 the Jordans Trust have extended their guided tour days (Tue to Sun) along with a new self-guided brochure which allows visitors to experience the Mill at their own pace. More details can be found at www.jordansmill.com
In 2001, the Jordan Trust was set up to renovate and restore the mill as a living and working museum and local visitor attraction. The finished site opened in April 2013.
Jordans Mill is located on Langford road, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 9JX.
Notes to editors
Jordans Mill is a stunning heritage attraction set in rural Bedfordshire. Still the home of the Jordan Family and Jordans Cereals, the Mill has been transformed into a visitor experience including guided Mill tours, a Riverside Café serving delicious food and drinks, Mill Store and Mill Gardens.
Open seven days a week, Jordans Mill is a vibrant destination with something
for everyone. For more information, visit www.jordansmill.com or call 01767 603940.