Cherry Tree Allotment

Our school gardens have grown and developed from small ‘historically inspired’ beds for each class to what you see before you now. The original beds are now used for ornamental purposes and we now have a dedicated allotment patch where we have grow fruit and veg for the last 11 years.

During 2022 we were very fortunate to have a group of almost 30 volunteers from Barclays bank who refurbished and repainted our allotment planters making them weather and future-proof. We are very grateful to the Barclays employees for giving up their time and doing such an amazing job.

When our allotment was established, the original plan was to sell the fresh fruit and veg to school families however, this did not prove to be successful so chutneys and jams were made meaning that nothing went to waste. This approach proved so successful that this is what we have done ever since.

To give you an idea of what we have grown

Fruit – thornless blackberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, jostaberry (fruit developed from cross blackcurrants and gooseberries), rhubarb and plums – available each year. We have also received donations of gooseberries, cooking apples and damsons.

Vegetables we have tried to grow this year include: sweetcorn, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, onions, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, red cabbage, french beans, courgettes, squash, pumpkin and potatoes.

However, because of the very hot weather this year, some of our crops weren’t as successful as they have been in the past but we have still managed to make a good range of preserves.

All the children in school get the opportunity to take part the gardening activity because we believe they need to know where their food comes from and means they will always be able to grow their own food from what they learn.