£2,000 grant for school allotments

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UNDERWOOD Primary School was given a grant of £2,000 from the energy company Eon to develop its allotments.

Eon workers came to the school for the day to help pupils and teachers start digging and planting seeds ready for summer.

The money paid for railway sleepers, fencing tools, a new shed and a path.

Teachers have named the allotment the Dig for Victory garden, to tie in with a World War Two topic being studied in school.

Posters put up across the country read ‘Dig for Victory’ during the rationing in the 1940s to encourage people to grow their own produce.

Headteacher Gareth Letton said: “It’s all about teaching the pupils about self-sufficiency.

“It will give them a better understanding of where produce comes from so they know it doesn’t grow in the supermarket!

“I know that all of the children and their families are very grateful to Eon. Our thanks go to everyone involved.”

The children have planted traditional English vegetables such as carrots, onions and beans and will harvest them in the autumn.

The money came from Eon’s Employee Community Fund.

Suzanne Doxey, community relations manager at the energy company, said: “We were delighted to support the school project.

“It’s wonderful to see how the outside play area has been transformed. The new garden area will be an inspiration to the children.”

In 2010, Eon employees spent almost 7,000 hours volunteering in their local communities.