School children in Buxton, Derbyshire, have recently had the chance to put their green fingers to the test after a donation from Tarmac’s Tunstead Quarry.
Buxton Junior School used the donation to buy compost bins, trugs, trowels, spades, forks, secateurs, loppers, water butts and gutters, so that pupils could plant and grow their own vegetable gardens.
Each class has their own raised bed to cultivate and have been busy harvesting the results of their June planting, which included broad beans, beetroot, salad potatoes, peas, carrots, sweetcorn, cabbage, and lots more.
The students have gone on to prepare and cook the vegetables they have grown, helping them better understand where our food comes from.
Headteacher Ros Carter, said: “Our children are loving growing, cooking, and eating a whole variety of vegetables, many of which they haven’t tried before. As a school, we feel it is really important that they understand about the work required to grow and prepare our food – and to have fun in the process. We are very grateful to Tarmac for helping us achieve this.”
Alex Soria, cement plant manager at Tarmac, added: “After the challenges of lockdowns in the last 18 months it is great to see the pupils enjoying being back at school and outside.
“They have clearly enjoyed developing their own vegetable harvest and trying out their cooking skills. We are really pleased to have been able to support this outdoor educational initiative in such a practical way.”