Despite a lack of resources and funding, the group have welcomed donations of seeds and materials from generous friends and parents and have repaid the generosity with not just devotion to the gardening club but also persistence, determination and humour when faced with the familiar but infuriating problems of slugs and squirrels. Rather than get disheartened, the students have sought innovative ways to protect their plants as well as seek advice from professionals and are enthusiastic when they see new shoots.
A staff member said, ìOne of the notable features of the gardening club is the amount of pleasure and fun the students get from being members, which is reinforced by their regular attendance, come rain or shine and their fearlessness when it comes to getting their hands dirty or finding large worms in the ground. The group would relish being acknowledged as it would show their efforts are worthwhile and fulfilling.
St John Bosco College, Battersea (Archdiocese of Southwark)
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