Harleston Guides join project to grow seeds from space

1st Harleston Guides.
1st Harleston Guides.

Members of a Harleston youth group will embark on a journey of discovery next month as they join thousands in planting seeds that were literally out of this world.

The 1st Harleston Guides will be one of 10,000 schools and youth organisations nationwide to take part in Rocket Science, an educational initiative which began last September when two kilograms of rocket seeds were flown on Soyuz 44S to the International Space Station (ISS).

Organised by the UK Space Agency and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the scheme will see the seeds return to Earth after half a year in microgravity, where they will be grown alongside normal seeds to observe the differences between them over seven weeks.

Fiona McGregor, the 1st Harleston Guides leader, said: “We have been lucky enough to have an allotment plot in Harleston.

“We are becoming keen gardeners and taking part in this experiment will develop new ideas .

“This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our guides to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole community.”