SCHOOLCHILDREN across Wrexham will be able to grow their own vegetables thanks to the efforts of young offenders paying their dues to society.
They’re creating kitchen gardens in every primary school in the county.
The project is being supervised by Community Justice Interventions Wales who work in partnership with the North Wales Probation Area and the local Youth Offending Team.
Every member of the team has been sentenced by the courts to carry out unpaid work that’s beneficial to the community.
One of the schools involved in the scheme is St Giles Primary School on Madeira Hill.
Teacher Helen Pugh, key stage manager in the infant department, said: “The Gardening Club is right through the school so we have got junior and infant children and because we just amalgamated we’re thinking of ways to get all the children together, to work together.
“It’s been brilliant because the older ones help the little ones so it makes them feel really important.
“They’re growing potatoes, strawberries and other plants and they’ve done things like making plant pots and all sorts of things.”
Community punishment supervisor Dave Evans is delighted his team was able to help, which not only benefits the school, but helps the young offenders to learn new skills.
He said: “We’ve been building a kitchen garden raised bed planters. It involved measuring timber, cutting into size, joining it together, installing it into the ground, making sure it’s secure and safe for children to work in.”
Every primary school in Wrexham will have a kitchen garden allotment.