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Wenhaston Primary is bloomin' brilliant!

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Food for thought logoA huge well done to Wenhaston Primary School for being awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gardening School Award - Level 5, earning themselves £200 towards buying new plants. Wenhaston Primary is working with The Food for Thought Project which embeds the science of growing fruit and vegetables along with business and communication skills in to the curriculum. The pupils grow food and sell it to Adnams pubs, and the whole process is run as a viable business. The pupils choose crops which maximise profit and they assess the risks  - as well as growing crops, it's all about growing their business skills and confidence too. [caption id="attachment_18816" align="alignright" width="320"]The polytunnel at Wenhaston Primary School The polytunnel at Wenhaston Primary School[/caption] Wenhaston Primary School Head Teacher, Julia Bowles, comments, "We're all so delighted to have won the RHS award. The whole school came out with me during assembly this morning to look at our produce and count the 17 different varieties of fruit and vegetables being grown. Year 5 / 6 are really proud of their achievements. We'll have a steady stream of produce making its way to Adnams pubs this summer / autumn and we're aiming to quadruple our profit from last summer." [caption id="attachment_18817" align="alignleft" width="240"]Raised beds at Wenhaston Primary School Raised beds at Wenhaston Primary School[/caption] Food for Thought Project Manager, Siobhan Eke, attended the recent Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at the Forum in Norwich. Hundreds of people learnt more about this exciting project and took away peas to grow on at home to produce tasty and nutritious pea shoots. You can download instructions on how to grow your own pea shoots here (PDF, 1.3MB). As well as Wenhaston Primary School, other schools are already on board (Peterhouse Primary, Flegg High School and Woodton Primary). If you'd like to find out more, or know of a school that may benefit from the project, email Siobhan - she'd love to hear from you! You can also find out more and read about how Adnams is helping with the project in a previous blog post.   Wenahston Primary's RHS Award    


Sarah Groves