Collydean kids get the growing bug

Collydean Neighbourhood centre after school club.
Collydean Neighbourhood centre after school club.
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YOUNGSTERS in Collydean are showing their green fingered credentials thanks to a new garden make over at their local after school club.

And now kids are getting their hands dirty as they grow their own range of vegetables.

Crops already doing well include cabbages, onions, potatoes, courgettes and various salads.

The raised wooded vegetable bed took a whopping 81 bags of compost to fill but it’s hoped the patch will now be producing fresh vegetables for years to come.

Janet Mitchell who runs the centre said the kids have already been amazed by the success of the planting.

“It’s fantastic to see the children getting stuck in and learning about healthy food and how to grow it”, said Janet.

“Most of the plants have only been in a week and already they are flourishing, which has got the kids really excited.

“ They can hardly wait for some of the quick growing salads to ready as they’re eager to harvest them for use in their after school meal.”

The new garden is part of an ongoing refurbishment of Collydean Neighbourhood Centre all thanks to the ASDA community team.

Volunteers from the Glenrothes store have already given up their own time to repaint the main function hall at the centre and are already finishing preparations to a second of three halls .

Avril Dullea, who co-ordinated the work, told the Gazette the centre played a vital role within the local community so it was easy to get involved.

“It’s a great asset to the community so seven of our staff at ASDA volunteered to come along and help redecorate the function rooms.

“The centre also does a lot of good work for the local youngsters so we wanted to help there too, so between us we decided to build the raised vegetable bed.

“It’s great to see the reaction on the faces of the children as they see their own plants really starting to grow.” she added.