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Gardening Club

The Gardening Club visited The Yorkshire Wildlife Park for a reward trip in April and had a wonderful time.

We were lucky enough to see the baby kangaroos (Joeys) and although we had a small shower of rain around lunch time, the rest of the day was beautiful sunshine! The polar bears were particularly entertaining, playing with a big bottle in their pool and the lions were just lazing around in the sun! The children loved seeing all the animals and we were so grateful to all the staff at the park who made the trip so enjoyable.

April also saw the start of a really exciting project. Hinde House School were lucky enough to be successful participants of The Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency’s ‘Rocket Science Project’. The project involved 2kg of rocket seeds (Eruca Sativa - a popular salad variety) being sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.

After several months on board, orbiting the planet at 17,000mph, the seeds were returned to Earth and sent to 10,000 UK schools, alongside a batch of seeds that had stayed on Earth. Over the next 35 days, pupils have grown 200 rocket seeds and compared the seeds as they embark on a voyage of discovery to see whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food. The seeds which had travelled, and those which had not, were separated into a blue packet and a red packet, and we are excited to find out which one has been to space! We are now waiting on the results of the nationwide experiment, which are being analysed to discover whether space travel has impacted on the growth of the seeds!

We have been busy re-potting the young seedlings and getting the allotment ready for the new plants they have grown. We had a terrible attack of snails and caterpillars on our broccoli plants and so we are trying egg shells as an organic way of trying to keep them away!

We have also been making sure important maintenance jobs are carried out and our Head Gardener, Kye, has been busy rust-proofing the wheelbarrow. A new sign was also needed for the gardening shed and students used old seed catalogues to make a new, colourful paper-mache sign.

Article Published : 15/4/2016