Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Back to school!

We’ve done something a little bit different this week – we had some of the Year 3 (6 & 7 year olds) children from Jane’s school come for a class visit to the Hill.

The visit was two classes with four teachers & Jane, & we had four members of the committee & me to escort the groups & answer any questions the children would have – which turned out to be a lot!

I took Belinda Scarecrow back to the Hill & planted her facing the gate for when they arrived, which went down very well, but was not as popular with the teacher, as the crocodile of children were all too busy looking at the scarecrow to listen to the DOs & DON’Ts. I was asked, ‘Miss, why does your scarecrow look like ET?’

All the children were issued clipboards with a form with column headings ‘VEGETABLE’, ‘PICTURE’ & ‘WHAT PLOT?’ like those I SPY books, so they were all looking out for the different veg in the plots.

At the very bottom of the Hill our group met John Badger on plot 1, who used to teach & was frankly BRILLIANT, showing all the children the worms under the leaves, which went down very well with the boys, & he let the class pick the heads off some lavender to take with them, which went down very well with the girls!

We had some fabulous questions! I’m not sure if the answers were all up to scratch, though…

‘Miss, why is that sunflower dead?’ To attract the lovely birds who feed on the seeds.
‘Who can tell me why those tyres are there?’, ‘Is it to stop the plants escaping, Miss?’
‘EEWW, that’s POO!!!!!!!’ Much excitement at this.
‘Can you eat all those flowers too, Miss?’ They are dahlias. No.
‘Miss, why are there DVD’s on string over there?’ To stop the lovely birds etc etc. Ah - inconsistency alert.
‘Where are the rabbit holes, Miss? You said we’d fall down & get lost in the rabbit holes?’ Mmm, yes, I did, didn’t I.
‘Why aren’t there any strawberries?’ This is the Sainsbury generation!
‘Why is that lettuce so tall? Is it so you can pick it up more easily?’
‘Oh, WOW - I’ve seen another worm, Miss!!’

I’m sure that all primary school teachers see a bunch of curious 7 year olds all the time – & I’m equally sure that I saw this particular lot on absolute best behaviour – but I did find that showing these eager youngsters round, imparting just a bit about growing your own – something which I’m obviously very keen on, & I think is pretty vital to their health & future, well, it’s been an absolute privilege.

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