Luston Primary School pupils have recreated a little bit of Africa right here in Herefordshire

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Luston Primary School pupils have recreated a little bit of Africa right here in Herefordshire, using funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust to construct a ‘Keyhole Garden’.

Unlike a conventional garden, a ‘Keyhole Garden’ is a circular raised bed with a compost basket in the centre. It is designed to make the most of limited resources, such as kitchen scraps, soil nutrients, and used water, to improve the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. The concept of the garden is to help developing countries, and areas affected by poverty, by teaching children the fundamentals of how to grow produce to feed themselves and their families.

Staff were given a chance to create one of these composting gardens during a visit to partner school, Manyata Primary in Tanzania. They decided it would provide an ideal, interactive learning environment for pupils back home. Allowing the children to get their hands dirty whilst learning about conservation and bio-diversity.

The school successfully applied for £400 from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, which covered materials such as metal stakes, meshed wire, top soil, gravel for footpaths, and breeze blocks. A pupil-led Garden Committee and After School Club was set up to manage the growing of the vegetables and the maintenance of the garden, ably supported by a team of volunteers made up of parents and carers.

Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Mary Freeman, explained:“The children were really keen to get started on their new garden which has a variety of vegetable crops planted in a raised bed. Older pupils also have the responsibility of being compost collectors and help to collect fruit waste from all classrooms and compost waste from the staffroom.  We have found that activities like this reinforces and promotes the importance of being guardians of our physical and natural environment.”

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, added:
“It is vital that we encourage an appreciation for the natural world at an early age and help students understand how they can protect it. The ‘Keyhole Garden’ provides an excellent opportunity to teach both hands-on skills and talk more widely about the impact of climate change in other countries. By cultivating this in our young people, we can trust that we are raising champions for environmental protection and conservation.”



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