Young leek growers take on the masters in show

Members of the Gardening Club at Murton Communuty Primary/Ribbon School, Barnes Road, Murton, with some of their leeks that will be exhibited in the Village Show. Pictured l-r are Lily Peter, Aiden Bell, Kyle Marley, Jessica Pownall and Faye Stewart.

Members of the Gardening Club at Murton Communuty Primary/Ribbon School, Barnes Road, Murton, with some of their leeks that will be exhibited in the Village Show. Pictured l-r are Lily Peter, Aiden Bell, Kyle Marley, Jessica Pownall and Faye Stewart.

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A NEW generation of gardeners are hoping their crop comes up trumps.

The Garden Club of the Ribbon School in Murton has been working hard to produce a bumper crop from their polytunnel.

The group of nine 10-year-olds have spent hours learning how to care for the varieties of veg which have been planted.

As part of their classes, they have spent recent weeks bringing on a batch of leeks, which were passed on to the school by a neighbour of classroom assistant and care taker Mark Dudley.

They then put them on show at the village’s Officials Club, alongside vegetables produced by competitors as the venue hosted a horticultural show.

Mark, who oversees the gardening group, said: “The kids have been absolutely great with the leeks.

“I was talking to a championship grower and I asked if we could take a few for them to look after.

“We built a trench, fed and watered them for a few weeks and they loved doing it. They’ve really excelled themselves.

“They weren’t shown in the competition because you have to be a certain age, but we wanted to show the people of Murton how well they’ve done and what the school is doing.

“We hope to do the same thing again.

“The idea was we wanted them to help the tradition going.

“I hope it’s interested them and they think about growing leeks when they’re older.”

The Barnes Road school has also grown tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins among its beds.