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The Ernest Cook Trust

Year 6 had a spring in their step this week as they made their first foray of the year into the vegetable garden to prepare for the planting of the new crop of vegetables planned for later in the season. Earning top marks in the sartorial stakes, the class gave their new weatherproof gardening suits their inaugural airing to much acclaim.

The class set of weatherproof boiler suits was entirely funded by a generous grant from The Ernest Cook Trust, one of the UK’s leading outdoor learning charities who have given us a sizeable grant for the purchase of the gardening suits together with the funds for vegetable seeds and ferns.

Founded by the philanthropist Ernest Cook in 1952, the Trust perpetuates his passion for the countryside by coordinating an educational grant scheme to enable children to experience outdoor learning and an engagement with their environment.

As such, the Trust has empowered us by their generous grant to continue with the restoration of our Edwardian fruit and vegetable garden by developing our fernery and vegetable areas. Our efforts have so far been very weather dependent and so the acquisition of the weatherproof suits will enable us to spend more time outdoors working on the garden.

We have high hopes of replicating the success of last year when some of our produce was used on the school dinner menu.

So with Spring on the way, green fingers and blue boiler suits are the new season’s must have look !

The whole School community would like to thank The Ernest Cook Trust for their generous donation.



St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
CT10 2BA


Tel / Fax: 01843 861738
Email: office@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk


Kent Catholic Schools Partnership
Website: kcsp.org.uk
Telephone: 01622 232662

Executive Principal
Mrs Vicki O'Halloran

Academy Principal
Mrs Kay Millership

Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell