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Kilmacolm Primary Growing Project Moves Forward With Men's Shed

Kilmacolm Primary pupils are getting a little help from some expert friends to let their gardens grow.

The school's outdoor-loving pupils have been spending time with Bruce Newlands from the Inverclyde Shed planting fruit trees.

The school is taking part in the community orchard project run by the volunteer group and funded thanks to the Inverclyde Community Fund.

ICF Trustee, Andrew Bowman was on hand to support Bruce and the children.

Fruit and vegetables from the school garden and orchard will then be used as ingredients in cooking classes. At the end of the food chain, they are turned into smoothies and pizzas.

Inverclyde Shed's Bruce Newlands has been busy showing the youngsters how to plant the trees.

Bruce said: "The children are great and so inquisitive."

So far the community orchard has sown the seeds of 160 fruit trees, leaving a legacy for the generations to come.

Bruce said: "It has been great to take part in this and thanks to the Inverclyde Community Fund for making it happen."

Excited pupils from primary one all the way up to p7 took part in the planting of the orchard

It is just one of a number of outdoor learning projects the school takes part in.

Primary two pupil Rory Fleming said: "I love going outside at school. We had a cooking class and I loved making pizza.

Depute head Lynn McPherson said: "We have been delighted to have Bruce from the Shed here and to be part of the community orchard project.

"The children love learning with Bruce. We have other projects in the school like our Food to Fork work with The Haven as well, and we use the produce as ingredients for our cooking lessons in school.

"Outdoor learning is an important part of our curriculum and the pupils love taking part."

This article and images appeared in the Greenock Telegraph.


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