GREEN-FINGERED schoolchildren have been hard at work in their garden thanks to a generous donation.
Pupils at Fellgate Primary School in Oxford Way, Jarrow, were presented with a hedge pack from the Woodland Trust.
The pack contained saplings of a host of different plants, including hazel, hawthorne, holly, rose, dogwood and royal oak.
The school’s weekly garden club, which was set up 18 months ago, got its hands dirty planting the saplings.
Teacher Audrey Crookston said: “The club was set up by school governor Malcolm McKenzie and continues to grow from strength to strength.
“The children appreciate not only how food grows, but how it can be made into a wholesome meal. Winter warming carrot soup has been on the menu and bags of school-grown potatoes were sold at the summer fair to raise cash for next season’s seeds and plants.”
Pupil Brandon Turner, a member of the gardening club, said: “I’ve been going to the club since it began and I never get bored.”
Mrs Crookston added: “The winter season is allowing us to plan our next rotation of crops and we are eagerly looking forward to watching everything grow.
“The group would like to thank Mr McKenzie for all his time and help.”