Green Team Mission Statement:
Our MissionColden Common Primary School’s green team have been working hard in the past year to get the green spaces around the school established, as well as growing food in the allotment area! We welcome parents, children, school staff and the local community to get involved. Our long term goal is to get the children outside, to learn about where our food comes from, and how nature and the environment help us. It would be amazing to incorporate all of this and more into the school curriculum.
October 2022 - Memorial to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
Join Colden Common Primary School on Saturday 5th November, 10am to 1pm, to plant spring flowering bulbs in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
All welcome to take part in the planting of the new bulb garden. Bring a trowel or bulb planter to get stuck in or simply join us for a hot drink and light snack and find out about the school’s ongoing gardening projects. Entry will be at the Tees Farm Road entrance.
Bulb donations are welcome; a box for donations will be left outside the school allotment from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November. Colourful native bulbs will also be provided on the day.
We hope you can join us in creating this colourful memorial.
Update (April 2023):
September 2022 update:
Thank you for all your support during our harvest sessions at the allotment, we’ve had quite a bumper harvest this year surprisingly as everything was planted in a hurry, but its been great seeing parents and children enjoying the vegetables that we have grown.
We are now doing some final harvesting for this year and after having an amazing crop of tomatoes we still have quite a lot that haven’t ripened yet and may not now the warmth of the sun is disappearing. These green tomatoes are still useful (and tasty if treated the right way) and we would rather they didn’t go to waste. Maybe some of you are avid chutney makers or would just like to try doing something different? Attached is a Green Tomato Chutney Recipe from Riverford. Why not pop by the allotment during the come and share event and pick up a bundle of green tomatoes, or even help complete the harvest! All keen harvesters welcome, bring a pot!
July 2022 update:
You've probably noticed, if you enter school via St Vigor Way, the amazing allotment that is flourishing this year. We have had an amazing team of Green Team, made up of children, parents and friends of the school, who have been busy planting, weeding and harvesting lots of delicious, organic vegetables. Children from school have also assisted in harvesting the vegetables and these have been given to Innovate to serve with our school lunches. You may have been fortunate enough to pick up some of the harvested vegetables to take home with you - if you haven't, keep an eye on the produce table outside of the allotment area and feel free to help yourself. During the Summer holidays, our keen Green Team are going to continue developing the allotment - produce is going to be left outside the gate by St Vigor Way so that anyone in the community can benefit from our wonderful bounty.
I want to place on record my thanks to the Green Team - their dedication, motivation and knowledge have turned a former weed bed into a thriving, bountiful harvest of fresh produce. We have been supported by Wild Hive, whose knowledge and expertise have helped to develop permaculture within our school environment.
We will be continuing with this exciting venture into the new school year, with links being made with our science and DT curriculum so that children can cultivate, grow and then use some of the produce as part of their in-school learning.