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Primary school welcome deputy mayor to launch of fruit and vegetable planting scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:25 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 22 May 2017

Pupils and the deputy mayor gather round one of the plot

Pupils and the deputy mayor gather round one of the plot

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The initiative aims to educate children on where their food comes from, and will be used to create their school meals

A primary school in Orpington welcomed the deputy mayor of Bromley to the launch of a fruit and vegetable planting scheme aiming to help children understand where their food comes from.

Deputy mayor Kevin Brooks attended the Big Dig event, created by caterers Harbour and Jones, at Warren Road Primary School on May 18.

The scheme was designed to involve pupils in growing the ingredients for their own school meals, and the school was provided with strawberry, lettuce and tomato plants by Harbour and Jones.

Pupils, parents, and teachers joined in the cause, and the deputy mayor carried out a ceremonial planting.

Produce grown in the scheme will subsequently be used as ingredients for the school meals, and Harbour and Jones plan to introduce the scheme to further schools in the area.

Patrick Harbour, director and co-founder of Harbour and Jones, said: “The team has worked hard to establish a culture of food in our schools by growing produce and cooking alongside the children. We could not think of a more perfect location than Warren Road, one of the largest primary schools in the borough. It was a great honour to welcome the deputy mayor and we are so pleased with the terrific turn out. We look forward to rolling out this scheme to our other schools as the year progresses.”

The deputy mayor, Kevin Brooks, added: “I am thrilled to have been a part of such a great event. The Big Dig has been an educational and exciting volunteer day that has seen pupils, teachers and parents turn out to get stuck in. Helping children gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from is fully supported and I hope to see it in more schools across the borough.”

Richard Edmonds, headteacher of Warren Road Primary School, said: “The Big Dig was a brilliant day with lots achieved. Children from the school’s eco-team, parents, family, friends and staff all worked together to prepare and plant lots of fruit and vegetables into our beds on the field. With so much rain recently, we expect all our plants to start growing very quickly and should be ready to enjoy before the end of term.”

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