Welcome to the New Rush Hall School Allotment. Here you can follow the staff and pupils on their journey to produce organic fruit and vegetables through the growing seasons. We are proud to be an organic allotment, not using artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides (lots of hard work but worth it) so that our produce can be used for cookery lessons and in the school kitchen. Have a look at our year so far and visit regularly to see our progress. Get inspired and eat organic!
Autumn Term 2020 – Update – Part 2 (December 2020)
Well we made it through the autumn term and managed to get some important jobs completed on the allotment.
We harvested our crop of pumpkins and the garden club spent a week before half term in October carving some of them for a display in the dining hall for Halloween (the chef made a lovely pumpkin soup with the rest). After lunch on the last day of term, we left them out on the allotment for the wildlife to enjoy!
The pupils have been planting out garlic and broad beans for a crop next year and have started preparing the allotment beds for the winter.
We have had some beautiful autumn days.
And finally, the pupils have been busy making Christmas tree decorations for the resident allotment Christmas tree.
Here are just a few!
Fully dressed for Christmas
And finally all the staff would like to wish you a very…
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Autumn Term 2020 – Update
Well, we made it through the lockdown and while the children were at home they did some growing of their own (runner beans and sunflowers).
The wildlife has loved the peace and quiet but now we are all back at school and getting on with some harvesting and preparation for the next lot of crops.
Some of our harvest…
…and finally, we got some pumpkins this year! Anyone for pumpkin soup?
We’ve still got runner beans, kale, pak choi, spinach, brussel sprouts, winter cabbage and rainbow chard (to name a few) growing on the allotment.
We hope you enjoyed our Autumn Term update. Stay safe and check in again soon.
July 2020 – Update
We had a visit from a special moth called a ‘Jersey tiger’. Found mainly in the Devon and Dorset coastal areas, we’ve never spotted one on the allotment…until now.
The Jersey Tiger Moth is a beautiful moth with creamy white strips on its forewings and bold orange underwings. This moth will fly during the day and at night! Here it is next to an apple; quite a big moth and very eye catching.
Look it up online to enjoy its full beauty!
We hope you enjoyed our update and continue to stay safe. Check in again soon.
May 2020 – Update
Three weeks from hatching and they have fledged the nest, only one solitary broken egg remains… we hope they choose NRHS to nest again next year! Its been AMAZING!
Blue tits nesting in the camera nest box at NRHS Allotment
After waiting almost two long years we finally have Blue tits nesting in our camera-nesting box here at the New Rush Hall School. Thanks to the primary pupils (who helped to survey the site and submit a bid for wildlife cameras) and the ‘Learning through Landscapes ‘ organisation who awarded our school with wildlife cameras, nesting boxes and various other wildlife goodies we can now enjoy a live video stream of our Blue tits nesting.
Looks like we will have some great bug control for the next three weeks. Blue tit parents mostly feed their chicks on insects, like caterpillars, flies and adult moths.
Spring has sprung on the allotment and we have a host of golden daffodils to cheer us up (we need it after the stormy start to the year).
The pond has burst its banks and the allotment beds are flooded!
Fingers crossed the garlic and onions still make it and don’t rot off in the waterlogged soil.
We have been sowing a few more onions…. just in case!
The Poly tunnel is in full propagation mode with new seedlings popping up everyday. We have already got lots of tomatoes potted up and are pricking out onions and leeks as we speak.
It’s the end of the growing year here on the allotment. We have had a great year with some amazing successes (an abundance of courgettes, runner beans salad crops strawberries and apples to name a few!) and some equally amazing failures, all our pumpkins failed! We raised a fabulous £650.00 to buy our new table for the wildlife garden from selling boxes of organic veg grown on the allotment and from cake and book sales, so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that contributed. We have planted out our garlic (it needs a cold spell to do well) and we are looking forward and planning for a productive new year. Oh, and we have welcomed some new arrivals, the New Rush Hall School Chickens, Lily, Poppy and Arianna, laying organic free range eggs!
Some of our harvest, lots of apples, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Carrots, Leeks and Turnips
Our fab new table made from recycled plastic bottles!
Getting ready to plant out cabbages
Bed of rainbow chard
Aubergine in poly tunnel
New arrivals, Lily, Poppy and Arianna.
First free range organic egg laid on arrival day 12th November 2019.
We have had some visitors!
A cheeky red fox
Slug Control Frog
Breakfast is served!