Spring has truly sprung at Dumpton School, near Wimborne. The extensive school allotments are once again teaming with pupils every lunch time as they prepare and plant their own patches. The distant hum of the school bee hives confirm that the temperature is finally starting to increase and the pupil led Cock-a-Doodle Crew are making their daily visits to collect the eggs from the school hens.
There is also a keen group of pupils monitoring Tim Peake's Rocket Seed project. They have sown 200 seeds in carefully controlled conditions, half of which have spent several months on the International Space Station. The pupils do not know which is which – so will report the seeds' rate of germination and growth back to Mission Control without bias.
Other children have recently presented at the parent-led Dragons' Den, bidding for funding for pupil-led projects. As a result Year 7 pupils have successfully ordered a shedful of new spades, forks and rakes for the 60+ allotmenteers, and a Reception class have convinced the Dragons to sanction the purchase of a Garden Tower (see picture). This is a rotating, vertical planting system (complete with internal wormery) for up to fifty plants. Ideal for little gardeners!