Former BGS pupil gets digging to support school's Eco Club
Children at Harrogate school Belmont Grosvenor are expecting a bumper crop this year after a former pupil stepped in to create new fruit and vegetable patches in their 20-acres of grounds.
Belmont Grosvenor, an independent school for children from three months to 11 years, is set in 20-acres of grounds just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate.
All pupils at the ‘outstanding’ and ‘excellent’ school, from the youngest in nursery to the oldest in Year 6, are involved in activities to help make BGS more environmentally friendly. These include litter picking patrols, recycling and light switch-offs, as well as creating habitats for wildlife including bug hotels and wormeries.
Members of BGS's thriving Eco Club also cultivate their own fruit and vegetables, which are used by the school chef for pupils' lunches. But the growing beds were in disarray until former pupil Samuel Bolles, whose younger sister and brother Camille and Charlie are still pupils at Belmont Grovenor – stepped in to help.
Samuel, 17, who lived in the USA with his family for a number of years, is currently working towards his Boys Scots of America Eagle Scout award – and part of his project includes completing a project to help and improve his local community.
After touring Belmont Grosvenor’s 20-acres of grounds, he decided to plan a new growing area for the school.
“I decided it would be a really nice project – from re-designing the whole area, building the beds and frames, and co-ordinating a team of friends and family to carry out the project,” said Samuel
Now the children have three raised fruit and vegetable beds, in which they have planted a wide range of produce, including cucumbers, onions, peas, broad beans and strawberries.
There is also a seating area with wooden benches, custom-made box for tools and colourful windmills and cushions.
Nicola Shillam, Year 1 teacher and Eco Club co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School, said: “We are delighted with the new beds and feel very fortunate to have been chosen for Samuel's project. The children have been extremely enthusiastic and have started planting already. Thank you.”
Our next Open Day is on Friday 10th May, but every day at Belmont Grosvenor School is an open day – come and visit any time by contacting us at www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk