Brandon pupils’ gigantic gardening challenge

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Pupils from a Brandon free school will be getting their hands dirty in a new outdoor project this year.

The 15-year-old pupils, from IES Breckland, will be embarking on a year-long project to grow pumpkins in Brandon Country Park during their weekly visits there.

Students will grow their pumpkins from seedlings in the school’s greenhouse, then plant them in an allocated section of the park’s walled garden.

They will then monitor their fruity charges throughout the year and eventually harvest them.

Leigh Foster, assistant principle of IES Breckland, said “The children are really excited, and perhaps a little bit daunted, by their project.

“This will be a real challenge for them, learning how to garden and planning specifically how to grow pumpkins.

“They will need to tend the plants throughout the year and harvest them at the end”.

Information about the pumpkins’ progress, collated by the pupils, will be on public display in the walled garden.