by Janice Gillie
reston Primary School pupils have taken delivery of free gardening equipment as part of the Morrison’s ‘Let’s Grow’ programme and they quickly put it to work with the help of Borders MP Michael Moore.
After presenting the children with their garden tools it was out into the school grounds for Mr Moore as he helped them plant an apple tree in their garden.
Afterwards he said: “It was great to meet the children at Reston primary school and see their enthusiasm for all things green: from renewable energy, to the environment and to growing their own food.
“We had a lot of fun planting the tree and the children showed their pride at the range of foods which are grown and produced in the Border.
“They also showed an important awareness of where the food they eat actually comes from.
“I want to thank the school and Morrisons for inviting me to take part in the event and I hope the tree brings much enjoyment, and I hope much fruit in years to come!”
The school is just one of more than 22,500 primary and secondary schools that registered across the UK over the last two years and they are now making the most of the opportunity of hands-on learning about the food that they eat by growing their own fruit and vegetables at school.
During the last two years millions of Let’s Grow vouchers have been collected by schoo lchildren across the country from the 439 Morrison supermaret stores and they have used them to get hundreds of thousands of pieces of gardening equipment, ranging from watering cans to wormeries and welliies to weather stations.
Reston Primary Schoolt registered to get growing their own greens and are now busy using their share of the 5,000 greenhouses, 7,000 pairs of wellington boots, 42,000 pairs of gardening gloves, 40,000 hand trowels, that have been provided so far.
Vinney Ashurst, Morrison’s schools partnership manager said: “The enthusiasm for the ‘Morrisons Let’s Grow’ campaign has been tremendous and we’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents, teachers and children.
“While it’s fantastic that the kids are looking forward to digging into the mud, there’s an important message here about getting young people interested in healthy fresh food and how it’s produced.”