Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students have broken ground on their College allotment patch, which aims to grow sustainable produce that can be used in the College’s canteen.
The Barton Peveril students are transforming a patch of College land into an allotment plot, as part of their extra-curricular College activity named The Allotment Project. As well as providing the canteen with sustainable and eco-friendly produce, the allotment will also provide students with a quiet, contemplative, outdoor space to help them maintain their health and wellbeing.
Nurture Landscapes Ltd., an award-winning national horticulture and landscaping business, are helping the students with the initial phase of the allotment’s development by digging the basic allotment space.
Speaking on the project, Nurture Landscapes said: “Nurture Landscapes Ltd. is pleased to support Barton Peveril Sixth Form College with their new student Allotment Project. We have successfully completed biodiversity initiatives across the UK and look forward to helping the team achieve their goals for this outside space.
“Plans include a working allotment, recycling and composting area and wellbeing garden created using sustainable materials, upcycling and a range of planting that will encourage pollinators.
“It will be a space that all students and other local community groups can enjoy.”
Barton Peveril’s Director of Media, Culture and Technology Adrian Waters, who is the member of staff behind the project, said: “Being able to sustainably grow food for the College canteen and local community will help raise awareness amongst students in regards to where their food comes from and promote healthier eating and lifestyles.”
Barton Peveril student Samuel Withers, who is part of The Allotment Project, spoke of his reason for joining the extra-curricular activity: “I wanted to give back to the community!”