Neale-Wade can grow its own after poly-tunnel gift from March Lions

Jason Wing digging the first potato of the year.

Jason Wing digging the first potato of the year. - Credit: Archant

A poly-tunnel has been donated to Neale-Wade Academy, enabling students to grow herbs and vegetables.

The new polytunnel at Neale-Wade.

The new polytunnel at Neale-Wade. - Credit: Archant

The gardening facility is a gift from March Lions. It was unveiled on Friday by Lions’ president Derek Rutter, who removed a large rhubarb leaf to show off a commemorative plaque.

Also in attendance was North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay, who was given a tour of the garden and witnessed principal Jason Wing dig the first crop of potatoes.

Mr Barclay said: “The eco-garden is a great idea it teaches students about so many things, including the importance of eating healthily.

“Produce from the eco-garden is actually used in the school’s kitchens, which is also a great idea as it shows the end product.

Oliver Durrant, Tony Pepper, Charlie Calvert and MP Steve Barclay.

Oliver Durrant, Tony Pepper, Charlie Calvert and MP Steve Barclay. - Credit: Archant


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“I was impressed by the quality of the produce being grown, and was envious of the potatoes dug up as they were a lot better than those on my vegetable patch at home.”

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