Grandparents get green-thumbs as they transform a Worksop primary school’s wasteland into a new allotment

Former wasteland will soon bloom into full colour as grandparents assist school tots in their new allotment.

Saturday, 26th February 2022, 12:53 pm

Children at St John’s Primary School, of Raymoth Lane, are receiving a ‘tiny tots allotment’ thanks to the hard work of their very own grandparents as they help to convert a former wasteland full of weeds beside the school.

The allotment will become an outdoor area where children aged three and four can learn about where food comes from, as well as get back into nature following the pandemic.

After putting a call out to grandparents to volunteer with the school’s new project, many came forward on a weekly basis to transform the area and work with the children.

Many grandparents are coming in on a weekly basis to help transform the allotment and teach the children about nature.

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Sweetpeas, potatoes, carrots, raspberries and blackberries are among some of the plants which will now be growing in the school’s grounds over the coming months.

The idea was a joint effort of all the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) team.

Spokesperson of EYFS team, Linda Foy, said: “I cannot tell you how much we appreciate all [the grandparents] are doing for us.

Tiny tots enjoying their new allotment.

“They are totally transforming our outdoor area into a beautiful, magical classroom with the sky for a ceiling and the earth for a floor.

“As we have all been apart for so long and actually our little ones in nursery spending most of their lives in lockdown, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to bring families together in the fresh air to engage in quality outdoor learning.”

Plans are in place for the garden to be used to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, with the children planting a Tricolour Buddleia as part of the tree planting initiative The Queen’s Green Canopy.

A special scarecrow, named ‘Jubilee Garden Guard’, will also be on site and soon receiving homemade clothes from a special sewing granny.

Pictured are two of the grandparents who have volunteered on the allotment at St John's school.

The allotment is also set to include ‘Buggingham Palace’, a ‘Creepy Crawlie Castle’, and a ‘Mini Beast Travel Lodge’ among some of its fun features.

Linda added: “It was a vision that I had for the outdoor area for many years, and it's escalating, and the children are so excited, and so are we - it's lovely.”

The school is asking for any donations of alpines, scented climbers, herbs and compost to help the children in their new venture.

Any donations can be made by contacting Linda at: [email protected]

The school are asking for donations such as alpines, scented climbers, herbs and compost for the allotment.

To keep up-to-date with the allotment, follow St John’s twitter at: @stjohnsworksop

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The former wasteland was full of weeds and discarded rubbish.