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John Butterworth and his gardening oasis

posted 14 Oct 2016, 09:13 by   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 03:58 by Glen Bone ]
One of the miracles of our school is our wonderful garden run by John Butterworth who has been with us for 7 years. It is a large area full of planting beds and sheds and greenhouses, and a fascinating place to be. John is ably helped by Anita Russell-Williams and together they have created a paradise for our students.

John describes our garden as an oasis within the school. John is happy to recount at length the difference the garden has made to so many students' lives. 'It is like Switzerland...a neutral Country... all issues are left outside'.

John presides over our BTEC in Horticulture for our Year 10 and Year 11 students and feels the garden is an ideal place for students to achieve through hard work, the satisfaction of growing vegetables and simply getting stuck in and involved.

All kinds of produce is grown from courgettes to potatoes, chillies, tomatoes and cucumbers. Forty jars of honey are produced each year from beehives within the garden and the area also has a fantastic pond and meadow which is the perfect refuge for newts and other wildlife.

Student Josh Clarke Year 11 who was working in the garden today was full of praise for the area. 'I am really happy here' he said as he carried out a huge tray full of beef tomatoes.

Pictured below are Josh Clarke, Anita Russell- Williams and John Butterworth


14 Oct 2016, 09:13