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ROSEBERRY SPORTS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

A TEACHER with an allotment became the inspiration for a successful horticultural hor·ti·cul·ture  
n.
1. The science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants.

2. The cultivation of a garden.
 project at Roseberry Sports and Community College in Chester-le-Street.

Called Roseberry Roots, the gardening club began in 2007 and has grown from strength to strength ever since.

The students started with a simple plot for a few bedding plants, but due to the initiative's popularity they now have a fully-stocked shed, poly tunnel and an orchid orchid, popular name for members of the Orchidaceae, a family of perennial herbs widely distributed in both hemispheres. The unusually large family (of some 450 genera and an estimated 10,000 to 17,500 species) includes terrestrial, epiphytic (see epiphyte), and .

The pupils grow a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, from pumpkins to parsnips and raspberries to cabbages, which are used by the kitchen staff for school dinners.

The young people have also formed the School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG snag - bug ), which meets once a month to plan their crop production and to discuss meal options with the school's catering team.

Pupil Connor Dixon said: "We joined the club because we like gardening and this was a great opportunity to help our school. We also make the community around Roseberry aware of what we are doing.

"We hope to get them involved in our club so they can grow their own healthy produce at home."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2011
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