Children from ten primary schools learned to ‘go green’ as part of a new food growing initiative.
The 40 pupils gathered at Prince of Wales Primary School in Enfield Lock as part of a celebration called ‘Grow your Own’.
They helped to build a greenhouse from recycled bottles and collected eggs, planted herbs and learned to cook with natural ingredients.
The event was part of an emerging plan to develop Enfield’s Market Gardening industry, which aims to establish food growing projects in 25 schools over the next two years and eventually expanding to include all Enfield schools.
At Prince of Wales Primary School, children grow produce, look after chickens and regularly collect eggs for their cooking club.
Jan Bless, headteacher at Prince of Wales, said: “This is truly a superb approach to teaching and all schools can develop it no matter how small the space. Gardening produces remarkably happy children and young people.”
Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection, said: “The skills and knowledge that the children learn now, will give them the enthusiasm for growing good fresh food and healthy living and in the long term, experiences that contribute to our market gardening plans.”