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Science, food and fun in a polytunnel

Children at Orton CofE Primary School and its After School Club are looking forward to producing their own food and learning about and growing plants. 

A new polytunnel has been erected by volunteers and the team from The Pot Place Garden Centre near Penrith and is already in use with early harvesting during the summer holidays.

“The children enjoy learning outdoors and love our garden at school,” said Headteacher, Mrs Emma Pomfret, “but the previous greenhouse wasn’t the best learning environment for the youngest children so it had only limited use. A parent was able to take it away and re-use it and the new polytunnel is ideal for us, with lots of possibilities for learning and for fun.”

The polytunnel was funded by two grants, one from Eden Housing Association’s ECHO fund and one from Eden District Council’s Community Fund, and was supplied by The Pot Place Garden Centre.

Jill Bawden, a local volunteer who supports the school with grant applications, was delighted with the response from the various organisations involved: “I am thrilled that we could replace the greenhouse with something much more useable by the children. An outdoor space like this is very much an extra for the school and we could never have afforded it without support from EHA and the EDC Community Fund. Children love the polytunnel. It’s already full of food plants and growing experiments and there are plans to raise seedlings for use elsewhere in the garden. It is going to be very well used!”

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