Leintwardine Primary School have been learning all about the importance of keyhole gardens, thanks to funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust

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Growing The Future With Leintwardine Primary School

The children at Leintwardine Primary School are feeling empowered to make a difference with their Keyhole Kitchen Garden project, organised with help from funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

Fuelled by its pledge to be ‘Waste Watchers’, Leintwardine Primary School and its partner school in Tanzania have been taking part in a joint learning project about kitchen gardens. Headteacher, Anne Brandrick, went over to Nganana Primary School to learn more about the gardens and their benefits. She explains:

“The gardens are a raised circular bed of compost with a watering access point in the middle, to ensure crops can be watered efficiently. Water is such a precious commodity in countries such as Tanzania. Every drop counts, and it is vital that crops grow well so that there is enough food for families to eat. To help the children back at Leintwardine Primary School understand more about how some countries have limited food and water, and why it is important to make better use of the resources we have, we decided to build our own keyhole garden.”

The school successfully applied for £300 from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Made from compost from the school’s compost bin, and watered with waste water from the classrooms and rainwater barrel, the garden provides a great ongoing resource for the whole school to learn about these world issues. The project has led to a visit from a teacher Nganana Primary School, who helped the young gardeners get to grips with effective gardening techniques, and furthered their understanding of the challenges of growing food in a hot climate with limited resources.

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, added:

“It is vital for us to educate young people, the consumers of the future, about the importance of making waste reduction a habit and how they food they eat is grown to benefit both their health and the environment. The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust was thrilled to be able to help the school set up a project which can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

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