UNIT Students See How The Garden Grows
Staff and students from the UNIT have been busy preparing for the completion of the garden, which has been a year in the making.
It was set up following the award of a £10,000 grant from Local Food - a £50 million project supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
Work is under way to create decking around the four planters for fruit and vegetables to enable wheelchair access.
On June 24, six chickens will arrive, along with a special Eglu chicken cube and run, all of which are designed to be easily accessed by all students.
The library will be holding a competition to name the point-of-lay chickens, which will be ready to lay eggs within weeks.
Students have already been going along to the Kitchen Garden Club on Tuesday evenings and have been busy growing vegetables in their classrooms ready to be planted.
A horticultural lecturer from Moulton College, Fritz De Zutter, will be visiting on a Friday once a month to offer his expert advice.
Special Needs teacher Nikki Clark, who put together the Lottery bid, said: "When the chickens arrive, the students will be able to learn how to care for pets themselves and understand where food comes from, other than supermarkets.
"It's a hands-on growing experience."
The garden will also include a greenhouse, small fruit orchard and a seating area.
The financial award is part of the Local Food open grant programme which is being coordinated by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) as an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund.