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School garden backed by community support

The garden at Sybil Andrews Academy – Photo: Gooderham PR

A secondary school has opened a new garden to teach students the importance of sustainable living.

The project at Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds has been backed by businesses and community groups.

Isaac Gethin, head of Year 9 who is leading on the project, said the new school garden came about as more pupils showed an interest in the great outdoors.

He explained: “We are fortunate to have some lovely school grounds and we thought this was a great opportunity to start teaching students about the importance of growing your own fruit and vegetables and looking after a garden area. Our aim is to grow fruit and veg that we can then use in the school canteen.

“The students have really enjoyed working outside and none of this would have been possible without the support of our generous community.”

The school hosted Bury St Edmunds MP, Jo Churchill, on Friday who described the project as a “fantastic asset” for students.

Mrs Churchill added: “I love the fact that Sybil Andrews Academy are trying to bring nature into the school while the project is supported by its local community.

“It will help young people understand about the environment and where their food comes from.”

The garden’s main sponsor is Bury business Treatt who have moved to the nearby Suffolk Park while Stowmarket-based Clarke Fencing also ensured the area was contained.

The Moreton Hall-based Pushforward group also supported the project with a grant.

Chloe Ludkin, executive PA at Treatt, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to teach them about sustainability and help improve their wellbeing. “Both of these align with our priorities so we were delighted to support this project. We look forward to watching it grow and grow.”