Worksop: School kids go green with allotment visit

Pupils from Class 5 at St. Anne's School visited the Stubbing Meadows site on Stubbing Lane to learn more about what allotments are and their importance to the local community.
Pupils from Class 5 at St. Anne's School visited the Stubbing Meadows site on Stubbing Lane to learn more about what allotments are and their importance to the local community.

Allotment owners in Worksop recently welcomed school children to their proud plots in a meeting of green thumbs young and old.

Pupils from Class 5 at St. Anne’s visited the Stubbing Meadows site on Stubbing Lane to learn more about what allotments are and their importance to the community.

The children explored the 55 plot site, chatted to enthusiastic tenants, and even got to take home a box full of allotment goodies to be enjoyed back in the classroom.

Georgina Spittlehouse, teacher at St Anne’s School, said: “At St. Anne’s school, it is important that our children are engaged and inspired by their learning as well as having an understanding of our wider community.”

“After asking lots of questions, trying lots of produce and meeting a few feathered friends, we walked back to school literally buzzing from our allotment adventures.”

Coun Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Allotments are an important asset to our communities and can offer valuable social and health benefits, as well as provide an opportunity to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, for everyone who uses them.”

“It’s fantastic to see pupils from local schools paying a visit to our allotments. Hopefully the trip will have inspired the next generation of gardeners in Worksop.”

Bassetlaw District Council currently has vacancies in its 11 allotments around Worksop, with over 600 tenants of all ages and backgrounds across the district enjoying them every day.

Coun Leigh added: “We offer plots to cater for all lifestyles, with full size plots to more manageable half plots and community gardens, everyone can find a site that is suitable for them.”

To enquire about renting an allotment plot in Bassetlaw, or for more information about the plots, contact parks@bassetlaw.gov.uk. Alternatively, apply online at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk.