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Gardening club students plant the donated flowers by Cowells Garden Centre, (L-R) Leon, teacher Phil Vincent, Thomas, Jack, Kathryn, Laura, Grace.

Gardening club students plant the donated flowers by Cowells Garden Centre, (L-R) Leon, teacher Phil Vincent, Thomas, Jack, Kathryn, Laura, Grace.

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A COMPANY has dug in to help Ponteland First School’s garden blossom.

Flowering bedding plants and a variety of vegetables including beans, peas, rhubarb and potatoes, worth £200 in total, were donated by Cowell’s Garden Centre in Woolsington.

They were planted within the school grounds in Thornhill Road by its own gardening club, made up of eight and nine-year-old students and Year 4 teacher Phil Vincent.

The club recently scooped a silver accolade in the Northumbria School in Bloom Awards for the second year running.

Mr Vincent said: “The generous donation from Cowell’s Garden Centre not only helped us achieve silver in the School in Bloom Awards, but also provided our gardening club with vital resources to help us teach food and cultivation principles.

“The vegetables that are grown in the garden will be used in our school dinners and marked on the menu that they are Ponteland First School produce.

“We usually see a great uptake on these dishes, which is a great way to promote healthy eating.”

The school gardening club was established in a bid to create a fun and interesting way for the pupils to learn about food and where it comes from, while also promoting the school’s healthy eating scheme.

Cowell’s Garden Centre manager Martin Cowell said: “We hope that the donation continues to further sow the seed of students’ interest in gardening and horticulture.

“The club promotes good values like how important fresh vegetables are and demonstrates where food comes from and how to grow it.”