Asda helps Hugh Gaitskell pupils grow their own

Digging in: Asda store managerCarl Nelson, Higher Level Teaching Assistant Angie Worley, Asda colleague Lisa Ogilvie and pupils Amy Spark, Jake Marsden Hirst and Georgia Walker

Pupils at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School in Beeston have been getting green-fingered, in an attempt to bring the school’s withered vegetable patch back to life and raise awareness of how things grow.

The project, which is being overseen by higher level teaching assistant Angela Worley, is a community initiative supported by Asda in Beeston. The supermarket – which is applying for planning permission for a bigger store on its current Old Lane site, has donated new gardening tools and a greenhouse to help them revive the overgrown patch.

Throughout the summer months, Hugh Gaitskell students and Asda colleagues will weed and tend to the plot, with the hope of growing fresh vegetables for the school and helping educate pupils about nature and gardening.

Margaret Beesley, headteacher of Hugh Gaitskell Primary School, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Asda Beeston for their generous donation of both gardening tools and time to help our pupils bring the vegetable patch back into full bloom.

“Their support of this project will aid our commitment to sustainability and help the children learn about team work, gardening and the importance of eating healthily.”

Asda says its proposed 20,000 sq ft store will create up to 100 new jobs for local people and a wider selection of fresh food to local shoppers. Rival supermarket Tesco have also submitted plans to build a supermarket in the area – both proposals, submitted late last year, are still to go before planners.

For further information about the Asda proposal and Beeston community projects, visit