Date: 01/02/2011

The new 12ft by 15ft poly tunnel has been purchased through funds generated from Enterprise projects and is located at the college’s allotment, located in West Melton, Rotherham.

Used by Skillbase groups for growing a range of flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables, the poly tunnel will be used to enable students to extend the growing season. Working on the allotment allows students to work towards their Problem Solving qualifications whilst developing a range of other skills including; Working together, communication and numeracy.

As well as the allotment, the college facilities are of a high standard and include dedicated, specialist areas such as an independent living suite, sport facilities and access to specific vocational areas such as Catering and Beauty. Students organise day and residential visits themselves, so they can learn to develop enterprise skills on the course.

Stuart Vaughan, DVC Skillbase Tutor commented:

“The Skillbase team are delighted with the new poly tunnel; the new facility will enrich the learning experience for all students. For students to see their hard work eventually turn into produce to cook for themselves and sell to others is very rewarding”.

Forthcoming projects for the Skillbase groups include; students taking part in the Rothermunch project, communities are challenged to grow vegetables to promote healthy eating, active lifestyles, enterprise and communication skills all through a huge grow, cook and eat event. Ingredients grown will contribute to a giant Ready, Steady style cook off. RotherMunch is a partnership event developed by TV garden design entrepreneur Lee Bestall, Rotherham Ready, Rotherham Healthy Schools and Inspire Rotherham.

As part of the allotment project the Skillbase students are planning to grow and sell herb, vegetable and bedding plants in the Spring and are also expecting a delivery of plants, seeds and an apple tree from tokens collected as part of the Morrison’s Let’s Grow Campaign.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications from across Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham for courses starting September 2011.

For a Further and Higher Education course guide 2011/2012 call the Enquiry Line on T: 01709 513355 or email

Further Open Evenings will take place at the Manvers Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on: Wednesday 16 March and Tuesday 17 May 2011.

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