Fruit trees and chickens for Castle View SchoolWritten by Helen Cunningham
A new orchard has been planted at Matlock’s Castle View Primary
part of a project with Little Green Space and Transition Matlock to
the school grounds greener.
Richard and Penny Bunting from Little Green Space, and Rob Clarke from
Transition Matlock, joined teacher Caroline Jones and the school’s
gardening club today (Tuesday 13 March 2012) to plant eight fruit
The new orchard was funded through a Derbyshire County Council
Action Grant, with support from Lorna Cross Nurseries in Tansley.
“Studies show that access to green spaces and outdoor learning is
beneficial for children, so it’s fantastic to help create sustainable
living and wildlife-friendly areas for the school. And the new orchard
will be a source of fresh fruit for pupils,” said Richard Bunting.
Castle View pupils will also be visiting Garden Farm at High Leas
March. The organic farm, run by Tim Sidaway and Sarah Fowler,
in rare and traditional breeds of pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry, and
sells directly to customers.
After this visit, Garden Farm will provide Castle View with fertilised
chicken eggs and an incubator. The pupils will be able to see the new
chicks hatching, after which the chickens will live at the school in a
chicken ark that has been built by parents.
Transition Matlock and Little Green Space have previously built large
wooden planters for the playground, so that pupils can grow
pollinator-friendly plants, and have helped the children to plant
of native broad-leaved trees.
For more information, see www.transitionmatlock.org.uk,
www.littlegreenspace.org.uk and www.gardenfarm.org.uk.