During the Summer the boys aged between 11 - 12 years of age used to go to the allotments and tend the crops. The school log has a number of entries giving details of the crops grown. These included radishes, potatoes and broad beans and the crops were sold and the money raised was sent to the County Accountant. They were also given instruction on how to grow herbs, prune pear trees and black currant bushes.
On September 16th 1918 the school received a circular re: collection of Blackberries for the Army and Navy and by November 1st they had gathered and sent 1448 lbs.
A Typical Year

January 27th

Received supply of Carters seeds for school gardening.

February 17th

Broad beans planted.


Boys in upper group - Nature study - pruning pear tree and black currant bushes.

March 7th

Boys taken to school garden for the first time 20sq poles split into 12 gardens. Boys much interested.

April 27th

Received notice that a flying machine might pass over at 2.30pm. It didn't appear and 1/2 hour wasted. Boys did gardening. Might see if it did appear.

May 8th

Mr Dawson - Gardening instructor visited for first time.

May 9th

Herb collecting and growing. We have collected a quantity of dandelion roots.

May 23rd

School garden hoes and 18 bunches of radishes pulled and sold.

June 21st

Mr Reeves HMI visited and inspected the school Garden and Victory plot.

September 16th

Received circular re collection of blackberries for Army and Navy.

September 20th

Largest potato from school gardens 1lb 14oz. Total quantity of potatoes in 4 rows (2 bays) was 553lbs. Av. weight of six best potatoes from each plot - 3lb 9oz.

Boy with greatest weight Edward Butcher 62lb 10oz. Av. yield of each plot was 5lb 1oz.

November 4th

Total amount raised by sale of produces from school gardens for 1910 £3 15 2's

Highest amount - Edward Butcher 10/-

November 25th

School gardening prizes distributed - tools.