Growing vegees for the homeless

Green-fingered Stopsley High students with NOAH CEO Jim O'Connor
Green-fingered Stopsley High students with NOAH CEO Jim O'Connor

Green-fingered Stopsley High students have been reaping the rewards of their hard labour.

Earlier this year 10 teenagers on a construction course planted a variety of vegetable seeds in raised beds made previously.

They decided the resulting produce - including swedes, cabbages, leeks, marrows, beetroot and lettuces – should be donated to Luton charity NOAH Enterprise, which helps the homeless.

Chief executive Jim O’Connor told the aspiring young Monty Dons how and why their contribution was so important to the local community. Many admitted they were unaware of the size of Luton’s homeless population.

Course tutor Neil Fitzjohn said: “They’ve worked extremely hard, it’s not easy and can be time-consuming. But they should be proud of themselves, because not only have they learned a lot, they’ve also helped those in need.”