students who have been attending the Kings Caple Primary
after-school gardening club, run by the local policing team,
have seen their efforts bear fruit - literally. In
the past few days, the youngsters have been harvesting the
produce they have grown and turned it into delicious soup.
Gill Thompson, Head Teacher at the school, said, 'It is
important that children learn to look after their environment,
know where their food comes from and see the process from
soil to table'.
gardening club was set up by form teacher, Clare Jones,
and the Ross Rural Local Policing Team, comprising PC Wendy
Powell and CSOs Paul Leighton and Lisa Austin, at Easter
this year as a way of getting children to learn about their
environment and at the same time building good relationships
with their local police.
pupils have recently harvested a large pumpkin and twelve
onions from the school plot. A hectic cooking session followed
in the school kitchen and the end product was a tasty bowl
of pumpkin soup.
Wendy Powell said, 'This has been a marvellous initiative,
which has enabled the children to grow and cook their own
food. We have developed a really good relationship with
the school - over half the pupils are in the gardening club
now - and have made some very firm friends.'