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Pupils enjoy the fruits of their labours

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YEAR 3 pupils at La Mare de Carteret Primary School have been enjoying some hands-on learning about herbs and plants as part of their outdoor lessons.

La Mare De Carteret pupils Shannon Collenette, 8, and William Hockey, 7, at the school’s garden. They have been growing sweet peas since their visit to the Victorian Walled Garden eight months ago. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 21720547)

Since Easter, the year group have been taking Wednesday afternoon lessons outside in their garden, where they have been growing herbs, vegetables and other plants which they will sell to their parents.

‘I really look forward to doing it,’ said Marla Naftel, 8.

‘We have been picking some lemon balm, rosemary and sage and we are going to sell them all for 10p each.’

Molly Lowe, 8, also enjoys outdoor learning and said she liked the taste of herbs.

‘I have a box of herbs at home that I use.’

Teacher Mel Brown said they had been given seeds by the Co-op and Waitrose to use in the lessons.

‘We like to do lots of outdoor learning and we teach them in the garden so they can grow their own,’ she said.

There are several different plant beds around the garden for herbs, vegetables, salads and wild flowers.

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‘We have been doing it every Wednesday since the start of the Easter term and they have all planted at least one each.’

They were joined for their lesson yesterday by Guernsey Botanical Trust volunteer Cathy Morgan.

Exactly eight months on from a lesson at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, Mrs Morgan was checking up on the progress of a sweet pea plant that the pupils planted at the garden as a seedling.

‘We thought it might die out in February when we had the cold snap but it had grown well and been quite prolific,’ said Mrs Brown.

Aaron Carpenter

By Aaron Carpenter
News reporter

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