Gift of fruit trees inspires Dales Park pupils

Dales Park pupils get to work at their new allotment.
Dales Park pupils get to work at their new allotment.

Green-fingered Dales Park pupils will be hoping for a bumper harvest thanks to the gift of fruit trees from Peterhead Community Council recently.

The school was offered an allotment by Peterhead Allotment Association for use as an educational resource.

The community council heard about the allotment and offered their support to the school, pledging the purchase price of fruit trees and any other practical assistance they were able to offer.

It is the school’s intention that all classes, from nursery through to primary 7, will visit the allotment and gain a wealth of experience and education they may otherwise miss out on.

Acting head teacher, Jennifer Adam, said: “We shall encourage pupils to plant and look after crops of fruit and vegetables, educating them on their different needs and life cycles.

“Pupils will have opportunities to harvest, cook and bake with their produce and in doing so, gain a greater understanding of healthy eating, where their food comes from and how to prepare different meals.

“We would then like to invite parents and other members of the local community to an open afternoon where they can sample some of our produce and children will present what they have achieved.

“In doing so, children will extend their abilities in planning and hosting events and the school will strengthen its links with the community.”

Ms. Adam said that the school felt this was a real opportuntiy for pupils to learn across a number of topic areas and develop some vital life skills.

The school, along with members from Peterhead Allotment Assciation and Peterhead Community Council, will be actively involved in preparation work over the winter period, in order that the allotment will be ‘fit for purpose’ in early Spring next year.

Commenting on the donation, chair of Peterhead Community Council, John Brownlee, said: “The Community Council is always interested in innovative ways for working with our community.

“This is a fine example where we have been able to assist the young pupils of Dales Park School develop an interest in growing their own vegetables.

“We know also that the Meethill Allotment holders will enjoy guiding them along the way,” he added.