Brownies’ greenfinger skills are growing

Gisburn Brownies with garden expert

Gisburn Brownies with garden expert

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Girls aged 7 to 10 from Gisburn Brownies have shown they have green fingers after completing their Brownie Gardener Badge with the help of local resident Ernie Sedgwick.

The girls had to complete a series of ‘challenges’ in order to earn the badge, including growing lettuce in mini home-made greenhouses, as well as growing a variety of plants in their raised vegetable bed at Gisburn Festival Hall - part of the “Plot to Plate” Community project.

Although the badge is finished, the Brownies will continue to care for the growing plants. The girls also enjoyed growing cress, creating different growing conditions using soil, stones and cotton wool to discover the optimum growing environment.

The Brownies have also learnt about pollination and different types of seed bearing fruit, as well as exploring how differences in watering affects plants growth.

The Brownies made their own flowers from coloured clay, and Mr Sedgwick identified them with names such as “Megan Bloom” and “Imogen Dahlia”.

Thea, eight, said: “It was fun when the gardening man, Ernie, came in. We made our own clay flowers and he told us what they were and mine was a Theadadelia”.

The girls were presented with their badges by their leader Harriet (“Tawny Owl”), and Mr Sedgwick was thanked by the group for helping them complete the badge.

Badges available to Brownies – girls aged 7-10 – range from Cyclist to Stargazer and Designer and help girls gain valuable life skills.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming involved as a young member or an adult volunteer, please register your interest on the Girlguiding website: www.girlguiding.org.uk