3M Staff help introduce market gardening to Kennel Lane SchoolBy Julie Spencer
August 01, 2012
Market gardening will be on the curriculum at Kennel Lane School in September – thanks to the hard work of staff from 3M in Bracknell.
A team of 16 volunteers from the company cleared bushes, brambles and small trees to turn a patch of land into an outdoor teaching area.
From September, students aged 14-19 at the inclusive school will plant, harvest and then sell the produce they have grown in the area cleared by the 3M team.
Rich Ball, an accountant who coordinated the work, said it was hard, but well worth the effort.
He said: “We split into two teams doing a day each and managed to get all the undergrowth cleared and the soil prepared – thanks to the loan of a rotavator from HSS in Bracknell.”
Karen Malcolm, Kennel Lane’s secondary manager, said the efforts of the 3M staff had given a tremendous boost to the teaching area for horticulture, which is one of the new teaching options in September.
She said: “With the support from a charity bid through Dig It and a generous donation of £5,000 from the Lisa May Foundation, we hope to be able to construct two polytunnels, raised beds, an allotment area, seating, pathways and covered work areas to allow for an all-weather learning experience.
“Kennel Lane aims to embed enterprise work into this project so that students will be involved in planting and harvesting crops to sell and eat through food technology lessons as well as life skills projects and vocational enterprise days where we will sell products to the public. We were faced with the monumental task of tackling all the undergrowth that had become established over the years and it’s wonderful that the 3M volunteers came along and did it all for us.”
The 3M gardeners were from the firm’s European finance department, based at Cain Road.
They were taking part in the 3M 4Good scheme which gives every full-time employee the opportunity to do a day’s voluntary work in the community on company time.