Kirkcolm Primary School

– what have we been up to?

Going Green With The Gardening Crew


Our fabulous gardening club has kicked off with gusto for this year  with lots of ‘doing good to be green’!

Mrs Richardson is blogging the children’s activities on our Kirkcolm Primary School Parents Facebook group.  It’s great to read her updates on our pupil’s great efforts:

30/08/23 – We had a great turnout tonight of budding gardeners. We dug the potatoes up we planted earlier this year. We found some great bugs too!! Check out the chafer grub, a soil dwelling larve, common in lawns apparently. 

03/09/23 – Thank you to Mrs Richardson, Theolette Manson and Jennifer Service for coming along to help tidy up our garden area on Monday.  They made a great job of clearing and making way for new planting.

06/09/23 – We created a huge amount of waste from todays tidy up and it is a huge effort to cart it all to Stranraer tip. Instead we have created our own long term compost heap/bug haven in the woodland next to the orchard. This will help manage our own garden and teach the children about composting/recycling

We did a bit of everything at gardening club tonight and I set them homework! We hope to plant cabbages next week and slugs will be our enemy so I have asked the children to collect uncooked dried uncooked eggshells, used coffee granules and old hair from hairbrushes or hair from brushing a dog! (eek). I have asked them to bring anything collected next Wednesday (13th Sept). I am determined to teach how to garden without chemicals! 

Also I showed them the new (long term) compost heap. This has been put in as it is very hard taking all the cut garden material to Stranraer, as we have so much land at Kirkcolm i thought why not use it. So, in the rough land next to the orchard I have created a long term compost site. This is for larger material that takes longer to compost. It will be brilliant for wildlife ( a shelter, plus a natural bug hotel!) 
It’s great to see the eager-beavers in action, and championing environmentally friendly gardening methods to discourage pests and manage waste!

Keep up the great work everyone!

UNCRC Rights of the Child

  • Article 15 – Setting up and joining clubs
  • Article 25 – Health, water, food & environment

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