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

PUBLISHED: 12:34 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:34 02 July 2015

Jason Wing digging the first potato of the year.

Jason Wing digging the first potato of the year.

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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.

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.

“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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