Students to sow seeds of success

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FROM seed to supper, students at Donaldson’s School are learning how to grow in an innovative new project.

A group from the Future Focus Adult Services Project at the school on Preston Road have taken on a plot at Oakwell in Philpstoun to grow fruit and vegetables, with the help and skills of Linlithgow and District Allotments Society (LADAS) volunteers.

Once grown, produce will be sold to the Donaldson’s Bistro and the young people will learn from the school chef how to prepare, cook and serve the food on campus. The project will serve as an important step in providing work experience for job applications, and providing opportunities for interacting with the general public. As it develops, younger pupils from Donaldson’s School will also be involved.

Janice MacNeill, Principal at Donaldson’s, said: “We are very excited about this project. It is one which will be of immense benefit to our young adults, as it will provide them with a range of skills which will help them secure real employment opportunities in the future, as well as increasing their self esteem and team building skills.”

But the group are in serious need of gardening equipment and are appealing for forks, spades, rakes, hoes, trowels, a water butt and a garden shed (6ft x 4ft) to help them out.

Contact 01506 841470 or futurefocus@donaldsons.org.uk to arrange for donations to be picked up or they can be dropped into reception at Donaldson’s School.