It’s a growth industry as students cultivate new skills

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GREEN-fingered students at Brighouse High School are really blossoming.

The year ten pupils who are studying on an Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) course got stuck into their new challenge - building, preparing and growing their own vegetables.

The group helped to construct the polytunnel and bedding areas which were all kindly donated by Elland firm, Suma Wholefoods.

So far they have grown carrots, leeks and cabbages and are also in the process of producing their own compost.

The project has helped the youngsters to develop their key skills such as working as a team. They are also learning about health and safety.

The course is being led by teacher Grahame Vickerson with the help of Greg Sealey, of Gregs Gardens, who was employed by the school to help set it up. But because the students were working so well under his guidance and advice they have asked him to come back.

Teacher Martin Rose said things were going well. “We are selling the products on to members of staff and the funds are going back into school to help with other projects.”

Rob Sherwell, brand development co-ordinator at Suma, said they were thrilled to be involved:

“We are also hosting visits to our premises by the sixth form who are studying Suma as part of the BTEC Subsidiary Award in Business.”