Food Growing at Dorothy Stringer
Over the last decade we have created various locations around the school for growing food.
We now have the Dorothy Stringer Community Allotment, D-Tree Garden, The Hub Area, Raspberry Row and Stringer Triangles.
The rhubarb has really taken off this year so much so that the leaves are so big they could be used as umbrellas.
We have also had successful crops of potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and garlic.
We are starting to replace the old fence with a woven one made from hazel coppiced in our woodland. This will require ongoing maintenance by the Garden Gang but gives a much more interesting border to our garden. The students have really enjoyed learning this new skill which at times takes strength, agility and determination.
In the Autumn of 2013 a group of students started to clear an unused shrub area in the middle of school.
Raised Bed Construction
Using money raised from the Stinger Festival and a grant from
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, we purchased wood for the raised beds and sourced compost from
Brighton Community Compost Cooperative.
We have also cleared a large overgrown flower bed which has been planted with apple trees, raspberry canes and strawberries. The idea is that students will be able to enjoy these fruits during breaktime.
We need to give a big and ongoing Thank You to Jeremy at
Brighton Tree Specialists who have kept us supplied with wood chip which we have used around the garden area and for pathways in the woodlands.
Supported by Brighton Permaculture Trust we have planted a number of local and rare varieties of apples and pears. These include: Doctor Hogg, Lady Sudley, Golden Bounty, Saltcote Pippin, Crawley Beauty, Crawley Reinette, Nanny, First&Last. Plus Concorde and Beurre Hardy Pears.