Pupils get hands-on for lesson in plants

St George's pupils get hands-on at Bell Brothers Nurseries.
St George's pupils get hands-on at Bell Brothers Nurseries.

Youngsters from a Boston school have seen their knowledge of plants ‘grow’ thanks to a hands-on visit to a local business.

Children from St George’s Preparatory School, in London Road, received the lesson in horticulture from Bell Brothers Nurseries, in Boston.

The visit saw the pupils, aged five and six, learn about the different stages of the business’ operation.

The first stop was in the seeding shed where head grower Simon Brigden demonstrated how the business starts the cultivation process by planting seeds with its specialist machines.

Next, children saw where the business lets the seeds germinate through a combination of heat and moisture.

Their journey continued into the glass houses where they saw the different stages of growth and how varying heat temperatures and water controls are used to bring the plants up to the required standard before they are packed and loaded onto lorries to go to the retailers.

After this, the children had the chance to put into practice what they had learnt during the visit.

Sarah Whelan, headteacher of St George’s Preparatory School said: “We love to get the children out into the real world so that they can really see the relevance of what they are learning in school. Learning in a hands-on fashion makes learning so much more memorable and I’m sure that our children will have learned much more from their visit than from any textbook!”