Between February and November, every child at Nunney First School has an opportunity every week to work in the Mucky Pups polytunnel in the school grounds. Run by a fantastic band of local volunteers, Mucky Pups hold the prestigious Level 5 in the Royal Horticultural Society Benchmarking Scheme for school gardening. In recognition of Mucky Pups’ achievements, Nunney First School was invited to put on displays at The National Gardening Show in 2012 and 2013. At the Bath & West Show in 2015. Nunney First School had two entries in the Trolley competition, sponsored by Waitrose and the RHS for primary and first schools in Somerset. Each trolley had to be planted with herbs, flowers and vegetables that had an edible or wildlife theme with “shopping list” labels explaining the purpose of each plant. The Otter Class entry won Gold, and the Hedgehog class entry was awarded a Special Certificate – we are bursting with pride. Congratulations to the children and the loyal volunteers for all their hard work and imagination.
At Mucky Pups we encourage children to be sustainable. We make our own compost, have our own wormery, source locally and recycle wherever possible. The children grow fruit, salad and vegetables which they enjoy eating and are encouraged to grow flowers to attract wildlife into their gardens. They get dirty and love it, and learn to marvel at the miracle that is a tiny seed becoming something delicious to eat or a beautiful flower.
As well as the large polytunnel, there is a sensory garden, an African keyhole garden, a Castle Flower Display, raised outdoor beds and a wonderful new Wildlife Pond which was opened by Simon King in September 2015 – all in the school grounds.
Mucky Pups get involved in many rewarding activities, including the Nunney Flower Show and at the School Fete each summer, the Mucky Pups Flower Show is one of the most stunning and popular attractions. Mucky Pups is generously supported by local organisations including Longleat Forestry, Viridor, Western Skip Hire, Hastoe Housing Association and Homebase. The keyhole garden was rebuilt in February 2015 using some of the stone from the old playground wall. Spring bulbs were planted around the school.
Volunteers are always required and welcome, especially experienced gardeners for one hour a week, usually in the afternoons. Please call Sarah Leakey if you are interested on 07870 312913.