March academy shows off potato crop

Neale Wade Academy principal Jason Wing plants the first potato at the official opening of the school's new poly-tunnel.
Neale Wade Academy principal Jason Wing plants the first potato at the official opening of the school's new poly-tunnel.

Students are digging for joy after the opening of a new gardening facility.

Fenland MP Steve Barclay was among the guests when March’s Neale Wade Academy officially opened its new poly-tunnel, donated by March Lions.

Lions’ president Derek Rutter unveiled a commemorative plaque on the poly-tunnel, which is being used by the school’s eco-garden group to grow herbs and vegetables.

Mr Barclay was also given a tour of the garden during the event, and Academy principal Jason Wing dug this year’s first crop of potatoes.

The North East Cambs MP, who enjoys gardening himself, said: “The eco-garden teaches students so many things, including the importance of eating healthily. Produce from the eco-garden is used in the school’s kitchens, which is also a great idea as it shows the end product.

“I was impressed by the quality of the produce, and envious of the potatoes dug up as they were a lot better than those on my vegetable patch at home.”

• Principal Jason Wing is pictured digging up the eco-garden group’s first potato crop. Photo: SUPPLIED