All children like getting their hands dirty including the pupils of Brookside Primary School in Street, Somerset. And thanks to local compost manufacturer Durston Garden Products, their hopes of blooming beautiful beds will soon be realised.
The school had been keen to show pupils how rewarding and how much fun gardening can be, but its empty raised beds were causing a problem. Luckily with family run Durstons just down the road, the beds were soon filled with compost, soil conditioner and organic fertiliser.
“Everyone at Durstons is really supportive of what the school is doing,” said company director Dan Durston, whose daughters attend the school. “It’s so important to nurture a love of gardening at a young age, the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm that are born of projects like this, create gardeners of the future; but the school is not just enabling children to grow flowers, it’s also establishing a real relationship with natural foods and that is essential for a healthy lifestyle.”
Every class has now been set the challenge of making sure their raised bed is the ‘best in show’ and the competition is already hotting-up with all sorts of flowers and vegetables being planted in readiness for the final day of judging in July, when Dan and the Durstons team will make a presentation to the winning class.
Watch this space to see how well they do and let’s hope to see some smiling faces!
Durstons has been producing compost in Somerset for over 150 years and now supply a complete range of growing media to garden centres and hardware retailers nationwide.