GREEN-fingered youngsters at Monkspath Junior & Infant School are laying the foundations for a fruitful summer.
Morrisons’ nationwide ‘Let’s Grow’ campaign will see pupils grow nearly three quarters of a million radishes, 200,000 pumpkins and almost two million tomatoes.
Solihull MP Lorely Burt visited the school to present pupils with a range of free gardening equipment so they can grow their own greens. The school is one of over 18,000 across the UK to become involved with the campaign.
“It’s great to see a local school embrace this opportunity – it’s a fantastic way of involving kids in learning about fruit and veg,” said Mrs Burt.
“The enthusiasm for the ‘Morrisons Let’s Grow’ campaign has been tremendous. There’s been some wonderful feedback to Morrisons from parents, teachers and children. While it’s fantastic that the kids are looking forward to digging into the mud, it’s important that young children learn how to produce healthy fresh food.”
Mrs Sue Downes, a teacher at Monkspath School said: “We’re over the moon to get so much gardening equipment and the children can’t wait to get stuck in and put it to good use. This type of hands-on learning is really important for children’s development and it’s good fun too!” The campaign has captured the imagination of the British public, with over 39 million vouchers redeemed by UK schools in exchange for gardening equipment.
By the end of the spring growing season it is estimated that 4,750 greenhouses would have been delivered to schools in the UK as well as 3,703 pairs of wellies, 19,426 trowels, over 12,492 watering cans and 16,463 pairs of gloves.