In contrast to the season’s natural slumber the autumn term saw a surge of activity from the St Swithun’s allotment club. New beds were acquired and the full-boarding team set to work structuring their plots, planting seeds and having a general tidy up in the shed and greenhouse.
The girls were anxious to see the results of their labour and sure enough, on returning after half term, seedlings had appeared under the cloches, with some ready to be potted and moved to the greenhouse. A variety of different seeds were planted including strawberries, spinach, rocket and different lettuces.
When the winter nights drew in and their time on the plot became more limited the girls focused on the art of garden design. With the help of teachers Mrs Young and Mrs Campbell a garden design competition was born. The girls soon got to grips with BBC Virtual Garden software allowing them to let their imaginations blossom.
The final meeting of the term was an opportunity for the girls to display their garden design and IT skills. The girls presented their work to the group and prizes were awarded as follows:
Best Water Garden Design – Eleonora Crespi U4
Most Colourful Garden Design – Genevieve Chan U5
Most Imaginative Garden Design – Emilie Bradley M5
Best Garden Design – Phailin Chanphain M5
Congratulations allotment team. We look forward to sampling the produce from the garden later this year.
We hope you enjoy looking at their designs.
Headmistress Jane Gandee has written about boarding in her blog – click here to read the article
If you would like to see some images of other recent boarding events please click here