AS Oxford sweltered in record high temperatures this week, the children at one primary school were able to keep their plants fully watered thanks to two new taps.

The cash was splashed at New Marston primary by Marston Community Gardening group.

The new outdoor taps have made it easier for the school gardening club to water the vegetables which they have been growing in raised beds since the spring.

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Previously, the youngsters had to drag watering cans from the school 150 metre away.


Marston Community Gardening has been helping the school to resurrect its gardening club, with members saying it is 'essential' for the children to learn about growing food and to maybe encourage a few more to try doing this at home.

Spokesman Alistair Morris went on: "With climate change rapidly approaching, it is extremely beneficial and useful for pupils to add this skill to their knowledge growing up in today's world, where locally grown food will become increasingly important."

In the background of these photos can also bee seen trees planted by pupils last autumn with the assistance of the community gardening group to provide more cover, generate biodiversity and keep summer temperatures down.