Healthy harvest for Herm's young gardeners

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IT'S harvest time for the Herm school gardening club.

The schoolchildren and pre-schoolers work hard at their little garden through the year. Assisted by Yolandi Moore and Lesley Bailey, the children do the majority of the work themselves, preparing the soil, planting, weeding and watering.

The oldest child in the picture is eight years old and the youngest is just seven months. Encouraging the younger children to appreciate the outdoors and their natural surroundings comes with the territory on Herm.

Teacher Mary Carey is lucky enough to be able to take her entire school outdoors on a whim, and outdoor lessons are common, especially in good weather.

It is not unusual at this time of year to spot escaped schoolchildren on the common, collecting blackberries for jam, and nature walks often break up the monotony of a hard day's studies.

This year the gardening club harvest was plentiful, including rainbow carrots, onions, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries.

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