25 October 2021
The Pre-Prep Gardening Club at Marlborough House School in Hawkhurst grows vegetables for their school kitchen.
The Pumpkin Patch was a particular hit for the green-fingered students at MHS and in the fall they harvested their glut of pumpkins. The kids proudly delivered them to the school’s catering team, who were challenged to put pumpkin surprises on the menu. This turned out to be pumpkin soup, pumpkin and cauliflower salad, and pumpkin cake – making it a very popular option for the morning break.
Next term, the Pre-Prep Gardening Club, which is working towards its RHS Level 4 School Gardening Award, hopes to grow spring salads and aims to produce something for the school kitchen each term.
The pre-prepared garden itself is a magical blend of wildlife and tranquility; a peaceful space in which the youngest pupils of the school can enjoy nature and experience the cultivation of their own food.
As a school, Marlborough House launched ‘The Great Outdoors’ earlier this year to tie in their focus on outdoor learning, wellness and all things green. Students across the school, ages 2.5 to 13, can now take advantage of many other outdoor learning opportunities following the installation of the school-to-session outdoor classroom summer.