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Posted: 16/06/11

How does your garden grow?

Travel and tourism students at West Nottinghamshire College swapped the classroom for the great outdoors when they helped tidy up an allotment plot enjoyed by local schoolchildren.

A group of 20 students spent the day weeding, sweeping up and clearing two ponds at Carsic Allotments, off Northern View, Sutton-in-Ashfield, which pupils at neighbouring Priestsic Primary School use as an outdoor learning space.

First and second year learners on the college’s BTEC National Diploma and Extended Diploma courses responded to a request by the school to prepare the plot for re-planting, ready for next term.

They were assisted by pupils from the school, in Park Street, during parts of the day.

The activity formed part of the travel and tourism department’s community citizenship project.

Sarah Heeley, programme area leader for travel and tourism, said: “The students were very enthusiastic to take part and really got stuck in, with some even working through their break times.  They certainly weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

“Our students are always keen to get involved in community projects and give something back whenever they can.

“They really enjoyed the experience and we look forward to the schoolchildren enjoying this wonderful outdoor space once it’s been re-planted and is in full bloom.”