Youth diggin’ new project

Pictured are the young people taking part in the food project together with (back row) Allison Dilworth, of The Grange Before and After School Club, Ian Wagstaffe, a Doncaster Council neighbourhood officer, and Carol Higgins of St Leger Homes, Doncaster.
Pictured are the young people taking part in the food project together with (back row) Allison Dilworth, of The Grange Before and After School Club, Ian Wagstaffe, a Doncaster Council neighbourhood officer, and Carol Higgins of St Leger Homes, Doncaster.

YOUNGSTERS have dug in to make a success of an after school gardening club.

The group of pupils, aged between four and 14, are part of The Grange Before and After School Club in Rossington who are taking part in a project to learn how to grow their own vegetables and prepare them.

When the produce is fully grown by the green-fingered group, they will then have a cookery session to transform their vegetables into healthy dishes.

The vegetables are planted in a small area of previously unused land.

The project, which in Doncaster is called ‘Budding for Sustainable Food’, aims to give people the chance to learn more about homegrown produce right from planting the seeds to maintaining the community garden.

St Leger Homes is running the scheme for the young people at their after school base in the Holmescarr Centre in Grange Lane.

The organisation, which manages around 21,000 of Doncaster Council’s homes, is working towards having up to 25 community garden sites across the borough.

Adwick Community Enterprise is helping to prepare the plots of land and teaching the gardening volunteers the necessary horticulture skills.

The scheme has also received a grant from the Local Food project which is a £57.5 million programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Jane Davies, of St Leger Homes’ who is overseeing the project, said: “The Rossington sessions are going really well. When the vegetables are ready for harvesting, we will then have a prepare and eat session where everyone will learn how to eat healthily.”

Allison Dilworth, one of the owners of the school club, added: “We are really enjoying taking part and the kids are always asking about what we are doing. They tend the vegetables and salad produce every week.”