Swavesey students nurture their studies


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Pupils from Swavesey Village College have teamed together with local businesses to transform wasteland into an educational allotment that will help nurture their studies.

Students on the construction course are using their skills to build a chicken coop and a poly-tunnel. Once finished they will hand over the project to horticultural students who will use the site to grow vegetables and keep chickens.  Their produce will be passed to teenagers on the food technology course for use in their kitchens, while the remainder will be sold, helping others to learn mathematics and business skills.

In a true community effort the school has been helped by local businesses. James Glover, a hydrologist with Mott Macdonald is working with the school to build five raised garden beds, Donarbon Ltd has supplied mulch, produced by recycling the waste from Cambridgeshire homes, and Cambridge Water has provided a £250 grant for new water butts to help irrigate the plants sustainably.

Steve Howard, deputy head at the school, said: “We are really proud of what the pupils have already achieved. Thanks to their hard work and support from local businesses we are confident everything will be up and running in time for the new school year in September.”

The results of the allotment project will be displayed in the Global Environmental Research Centre at the college which also features a wind turbine to power PCs, toilets that are flushed using rainwater and solar panels that heat water for the kitchen.

Stephen Kay, managing director of Cambridge Water, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Swavesey Village College in this way. A water butt can contain up to 200 litres of rainwater, which is not only better for the plants but also reduces the need to use tap water which has been processed to drinking water quality standard.”

Every month Cambridge Water makes a grant of up to £250 available to community groups and organisations which operate within the Cambridge Water supply area. The money can be used to fund a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from equipment for sports clubs to toys for playgroups. It can also be used to fund special projects, such as building bat boxes or establishing nature reserves. If you would like to apply please visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk


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