Students at Oak Grove College in Worthing have put out an urgent call out to local gardeners to help boost their popular annual plant sale.
The sixth formers at the college for young people with special educational needs are looking for donations of surplus plug plants, especially vegetables, from gardens and allotments
Before Covid struck, two years ago, pupils spent time growing on and selling plants donated by a local nursery, building up stocks for the two week sale, held each year in May. Funds raised through the event help to buy extra equipment and community outings for the school. Now due to the strains on the nursery, this source of plants is no longer available so students are appealing to local community growers instead.
The sale, which last year raised more than £4,600, provides valuable opportunities for the students to learn skills in horticulture, customer service and money handling.
The college is hoping that it will be able to welcome visitors to Oak Grove for the sale, which runs from to 16th to 20th May – but will also be running a limited delivery service as well
Carol Noble, Lead teacher for Sixth form, is part of the organising team. She explained: “ Last year’s sale ran really well, thanks to many generous donations and we are hoping we can do just as well again. So, whether you are an allotment holder, part of a gardening club or a keen home horticulturalist, we’d love to hear from you and the students would really value your support.”
Last year, after a plea from the school, donations arrived from many groups, including Littlehampton Allotment and Leisure Garden, Findon Garden Association, Morrisons, Walburton Nursery and The Budding Foundation.
For more information or to offer your support you can reach Carol and colleagues by email on email@example.com