Raised Beds

A New Vegetable Garden at Roots and Shoots

This week at Roots and Shoots our students harvested the first vegetables from our beautiful new raised beds.

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Thank you to the Kusuma Trust for funding the raised beds, which have already become essential to the horticultural training of our Study Programme and School Links students who have sown vegetable seeds, propagated and planted out, watered, weeded and maintained the plants, before eating the produce in their classes.

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A student waters the raised beds
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Volunteers from Visa fill the raised beds with compost

The Roots and Shoots site is brownfield land which was previously a WW2 civil defence site and Mechano factory. Due to its industrial uses, much of the soil is polluted with cadmium and lead, and so to grow edible plants we have to use raised beds. Our own staff built the raised beds from wood sleepers, with corporate volunteers from Visa working hard to fill them with layers of green waste and compost ready for students to plant.

After watering, students harvested rocket, lettuce and mange tout to create a delicious salad!

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