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Court Lane Junior Academy


Thank you to everyone who made a Scarecrow, they were all amazing. Each class spent time in the garden to view the crops and vote for their favourite scarecrow. 

The results are:

1st was number 4

2nd was number 7

3rd was number 2

Digging Potatoes!

In July the Young Gardeners all enjoyed Spud week where they dug up their Charlotte potatoes. We had an excellent crop this year and each child took a big bag home.

The children enjoyed Spud week.

The Young Gardeners were very happy with their potato harvest.

July 2023

The children have worked very hard to fill the raised beds with vegetables, herb and flowers.

February 2023

Update from Mrs Beer - 06.01.2023

Thank you to Eleanor Legg for bringing in the hedgehog house that her Grandad and her made together. This is a strong house made with wood and must have taken many hours to was make. Mrs Beer and Eleanor found a quiet area in the wildlife garden and filled the box with cardboard and hay. We hope a hedgehog will fine it for the winter, or maybe a few harvest mice will enjoy it.

Our new raised beds.

Young Gardeners Club is a very popular club and there was a need for more areas to grow our crops. In October, a team of volunteers helped to clear an area, erect fences and make new raised beds. The project took two weekends, long days, in varied weather but we all worked very hard. We still have the beds to be filled with 2 tons of top soil. This will be completed when the weather is warmer. However,  the photos show what a massive improvement they look. Thank you so very much for all who helped. A special thank you to SD Builders, Jewsons and my husband and family for continually supporting me with this club.

Young Gardeners win competition

The Young Gardeners were delighted to win £500 in competition ran at Dobbies Garden Centre in Havant. The public had to vote for their favourite club and we were delighted to be winners. The children could choose what they wanted to purchase from Dobbies. The children choose a variety of gardening tools as many of ours had broken and they wanted to use tools they had not used before. We are all excited to use them in February when Young Gardeners Club returns after our winter hibernation.

Update from Mrs Beer - 22.07.2022

Planting apple and pear trees in February. 

Planting and harvesting potatoes. 
Beautiful flowers and great looking crops. 
End of year water fun. 
Thank you to all the children for their hard work to make the school gardens look amazing. 
Have a wonderful summer holiday and I will look forward to more gardening activities in September. 

Update from Mrs Beer - 11.07.2022

Annual Scarecrow Competition!

At Young Gardeners Club we have an organic approach to gardening and do not use chemicals and pesticides. By using methods of companion planting, sacrificial planting and natural methods, (Scarecrows), we are being kind to nature and the world around us.

This year the children who attend Young Gardeners Club had the opportunity to make their own Scarecrows at home. The criteria was for the Scarecrow to be noisy, made with recyclable items and to be child made with adult assistance.

All 16 Scarecrows were absolutely amazing. All very imaginative and all noisy. Each class visited the garden and voted for which Scarecrow they liked the best. The feedback from the teachers and children were very positive with all enjoying being out the classroom and viewing the garden crops, flowers and Scarecrows.

The winners were announced in assembly. All children who took part were given a gift and the winners had prizes and certificates. Well done to Ruth, Maggie and Lennon.

Thank you to all who entered. The birds are definitely not bothering our crops!!

Update from Mrs Beer - 04.04.2022

In October 2021 the Young Gardeners planted 300 Tête-à-tête narcissus daffodil bulbs. They choose to raise money for The Alan Sansom Brain Tumour Charity as he helped at Young Gardeners and in the school. They were pleased how many grew and how beautiful the flowers were. On March 4th the children held their charity daffodil sale and were delighted to raised £130. Thank you for everyone who bought a daffodil. Kind regards Mrs Beer and the Young Gardeners.


Update from Mrs Beer - 04.05.2021

I am delighted to announce that after 14 months of Covid restrictions, Young Gardeners Club will be back on Mondays, 3.20-4.30pm from Monday 17th May 2021. I have contacted children who are currently on the register to attend first. Then I will contact those on the waiting list. If your child would like to attend please can you write a note with your child's name, class and a contact number and hand into the office, addressed to me. I will then make contact with you.

I am looking forward to helping the children to make our garden look amazing again. 


Update from Mrs Beer - 01.04.2021

Year 4 children planted many spring bulbs, onions, garlic and broad beans in Autumn. Their efforts have been successful with beautiful pots of daffodils, tulips, muscari and the broad beans are growing well too. Year 4 class planters are also looking delightful. 

Victory Class have also been learning about potatoes and enjoyed our 'Spud Week' when they planted 30 Pentland Javelin early potatoes. These will be harvested the last week of term. 

I hope Young Gardeners Club will return when Covid restrictions are lifted. I will contact children on the register first and then offer places out to those who are on the waiting list. If your child would like to attend please write their name and class on a piece of paper address to Mrs Beer and leave in the office. I will add their name onto the waiting list.

In the mean time I will be keeping on top of the gardening with my class helpers.

Enjoy the Springtime when the birds sing, the weather is warmer and new flowers start to appear.

Mrs Beer

Update from Mrs Beer - 11.05.2020

Dear Young Gardeners and Parents.

I hope you all are well. I have been visiting the garden at the weekends and the crops are growing well, but so are the weeds. It's hard work on my own and I do miss my young gardeners helping me. In October the children potted bulbs for Spring. The week after lock down there was a beautiful spring flower display which the children would have loved to see. So I have taken  a few photos for them.

In the Poly tunnel we planted a few crops which are growing. The potatoes, runner beans, broad beans, strawberries, carrots and onions are growing well in the garden.

I will keep you updated and hope to see you before the end of term.

Take care and be safe.
Best wishes