2014 has been another award winning year for Luss School. We finished our 13-14 school year with another superb achievement – our third Total Green Award.

This year we have made more progress in the garden. We have had a new polytunnel, a new shed, new tools, a 300 foot hosepipe and a new composter. The children have worked very hard all year in the garden and we have been lucky to have help from some parents. Four old tyres have been recovered from the garden and have been converted into growing containers for garlic, onion and courgettes. The existing raised beds have a range of sort fruits including rhubarb, blackcurrants and strawberries and a flourishing herb garden.

The polytunnel got off to a bad start when high winds took the cover off. Now thanks to the help of a group of volunteers from Waitrose it has been secured down. The polytunnel currently contains sweetcorn, tomatoes, herbs and courgettes. Waitrose have also provided a grow to sell kit which will allow children to sell anything they can grow in the store. They have also provided some wire netting to prevent the plants from being eaten by rabbits.

Following a farm to fork visit to Tesco in Greenock, two people from the store came to the school to see the children’s hard work and provided a wide range of seeds and plants. The school has also registered at level 1 in the RHS Campaign for schools,and we have been provided with a starter kit for growing seeds.

Nature/Recycling:Sustainable gardening
A new composter was built in Autumn 2013 with the National Park Rangers. Since then the children have learned what can and cannot be put in a composter. Vegetation from the school grounds are put into the composter and children often bring in their own vegetable peelings from home.

Class Work
The whole school work outside in the garden on a Friday. They are split into 4 mixed age groups.They have made measuring sticks, planted seeds, weeded, collected leaves, found and identified mini beasts and designed their own patterns on ceramic pots. They have also painted signs on slate to go around the garden. They take photos and keep an up-to-date diary of what’s happening in the garden.

Planning For The Future
We are hoping that, with help of Waitrose, we will be able to build some more raised beds to enable us to grow more vegetables. We are planning to measure for and build shelves to store tools in our new garden shed. To further the children’s knowledge of sustainable gardening we will continue to make and use our own compost. We will also continue to find ways to fundraise and involve the community.