Youngsters sow the seeds for a green future

Year 10 students at Thurston Community College on thier allotments as part of the Horticulture BTEC.

Year 10 students at Thurston Community College on thier allotments as part of the Horticulture BTEC.

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STUDENTS are sowing the seeds for a green future after a new course was launched at Thurston Community College.

Fourteen Year 10 pupils are enjoying the new BTEC extended certificate in horticulture, which focuses on developing practical skills.

They will learn about garden design, how to grow a range of plants and produce food for the college canteen.

There are also plans to sell produce to local businesses.

Assistant principal Andrew Ponton, who leads the course, said: “We’re committed to developing students’ knowledge of food, where it comes from and their ability to sustain healthy lifestyles.

“We’re a flagship school for the Food For Life Partnership, which is a charitable organisation working to introduce food culture into schools. This seemed like a natural extension of that work.”

He is appealing for any local businesses or organisations who would like to be involved in the course to get in touch. Email andrew.ponton@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk