Primary school pupils in Medway are really going green as they’re learning how to grow their own vegetables and helping to clean up the community.

The youngsters from St Mary’s RC Primary, Greenfield Street, Gillingham, have created their own vegetable garden and are now getting practical lessons in environmental science.

Medway Council and Moat worked together to help the school, and successfully applied for £500 from Moat’s Bourne Charity Trust, which was used to buy seeds, plants and equipment. The school also received four free water butts from Southern Water.

St Mary’s is also creating ‘community champions’ amongst its pupils to help ensure the area around the school is kept clean and tidy by using the Love Medway website.

Four children are responsible for helping their classmates monitor the roads around the school and report any incidents such as fly-tipping and graffiti.

The four community champions were presented with their Love Medway certificates in a special assembly attended by Cllr Mike O’Brien, the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact.

He said: “Everyone should be really proud of all the children at the school who are working hard to make sure their community is clean and green.”

Bernadette Long, St Mary’s headteacher, added: “St Mary’s is very proud to be supporting the Love Medway campaign. Four pupils have been elected to act as community champions and are taking their role very seriously. Pupils have already started to report issues to them so they can report them to Love Medway.”

Anne Atkinson, Moat’s Community Development Officer in Medway, said: “We’ve been really pleased to work with St Mary’s as part of the Love Medway project. The young people have been really enthusiastic and they’re worthy recipients of this funding.”

Love Medway is the council’s campaign to keep Medway clean, green and safe. It encourages people to report incidents of fly-tipping, graffiti and other environmental issues such as abandoned cars.

It includes clearing the streets of litter, looking after the area’s parks and ensuring roads and pavements are safe to use.

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