Green-fingered pupils will be waking up to wildlife this week - with the launch of an exciting new nature club.

Children at Ermine Church of England School, in Alconbury Weald, are being invited to sign up for the weekly group which will run on Fridays.

They’ll sow a wide range of seeds then watch the plants as they grow between now and the spring.

The pupils have already shown their green credentials by running a thriving allotment, where they have been harvesting lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries. They also tended to pumpkins for Halloween.

Staff say the resources have been popular with all year groups and are a great way to teach children about the natural world and their part in it.

Head Teacher, Adrian Shepherd, said:

“Following on from the amazing success of the allotment we have been looking for new ways to tap into our pupils’ enthusiasm for growing and nurturing.

“There has already been a lot of interest in the nature club so we’re looking forward to seeing what the children grow.”

Morris Homes Marketing Director, Penny Langton added:

“Playing a positive role in creating communities has always been central to our ethos so we’re delighted to have helped kickstart such an exciting project.”

Rebecca Britton, from Urban&Civic, master developers at Alconbury Weald said:

“Alconbury Weald has designed in space for nature and people as part of the wider way it knits into the landscape around it and engaging our youngest residents with the natural world around them within the school ground and outside it is a brilliant way of bringing that to life.

"We look forward to future projects with the Nature Club to explore the habitats and species coming forward and help us with future wildlife surveys.”

The donation was made to Ermine Church of England school by Morris Homes, as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting the local community in Alconbury Weald.

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