Teenagers get busy to help Yate school’s allotments

August 01 2015

A TEAM of students are helping improve the allotments at Culverhill School in Abbotswood, Yate.

Teenagers help

A TEAM of students are helping improve the allotments at Culverhill School in Abbotswood, Yate.
The teenagers from the town’s Brimsham Green School and the Castle School in Thornbury are involved in the National Citizen Scheme (NCS), which helps youngsters develop their communication and life skills.
Aged 16 and 17, they offered to carry out a community project at Culverhill, where teachers jumped at the chance of using their talents to raise money and get the allotment area upgraded.
Culverhill is a special school for pupils aged 7-16 and staff wanted to make the site better for wheelchair users, as well as improving the condition of some of the raised beds used to grow vegetables.
So far the NCS students have raised money at a family fun day at Yate Heritage Centre and by serving afternoon tea at St Mary’s Church.
Local companies have also donated items to help the project, including B&Q, J Hollisters DIY Store, and Tesco Metro. Touchwood Services also laid a new path.
Teacher Carolyn Cook said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the companies that donated time and money to this project and to a marvellous group of nine young people who made this happen.”
The students’ efforts include repairing a damaged raised bed, carrying out garden maintenance, installing a bughouse and planting a wild flower garden.
Further fund raising is planned to cover the cost of future projects, such as a small pond, a greenhouse heater and shelving for a new poly tunnel.