Newsome’s young food growers on BBC Look North


Seed planting - photo: Rob Arthur Photography

Hillside Primary have got off to a fantastic start with their food growing in a day of special activities on 25th March 2010 that were filmed for BBC Look North. Weatherman Paul Hudson was at Hillside throughout the day, and the school will be featured on Look North during the week beginning 29th March.

Hillside is a particularly green school. The building is energy efficient, with solar panels, a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels and a small educational wind turbine. The school grounds provide the opportunity for alternative learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment. There is a large nature area, a pond, raised beds and a greenhouse – places for children to learn, play and grow. 

Tree planting - photo: Rob Arthur Photography

Julian Faulkner from Kirklees Council’s Countryside Unit showed the children how to plant fruit trees at their new school. Hundreds more fruit trees will be planted across Newsome in the coming months, and Julian is co-ordinating the planting programme.

Members of Growing Newsome and Newsome Ward Timebanking helped the children with planting vegetable seeds in raised beds at the school. 

Special thanks to Janet, Cherry, Rob and Rachel for taking part and sharing their enthusiasm about community food growing.

Filming - photo: Rob Arthur Photography

We hope this will be just the first step for Hillside, and we want to support the school with their food growing activities in the coming years. We’re looking for volunteers who could spend some time at the school during the day to help the children with their food growing, and lend a hand with tending the crops throughout the growing year. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact us to find out more.

Paul Hudson’s blog

Apple grafting workshop in Fartown – 31st March 2010

Julian Faulkner from Kirklees Countryside Unit is running an apple grafting workshop on Wednesday 31st March. It will be held at Dewhurst Road allotments in Fartown, Huddersfield, starting at 10am and running till just after lunchtime.

All materials and tools will be supplied, as will warm drinks and biscuits. Warm clothes should be worn as the event will be outdoors unless the weather is bad.

Each attendee should be able to take home two apple trees (they will be about two feet tall, in a pot) that they have grafted. 

The workshop places are being given out on a first come first served basis. Please book by phoning Julian’s office number 01484 234083, which will usually go to an answer machine. Bookings will be taken on a first message basis and Julian will contact everyone who leaves a message to let you know if you have a place.

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