Pupils at Orchid Vale are delighted with their brand new stripey friendship bench which was their prize for having achieved the South West’s largest harvest of Vales Emerald potatoes in the Potato Council’s Grow your Own Potatoes competition.
The lunch time gardening club produced almost 3 kilos of the variety, which they grew from the seed potatoes provided in the competition growing kit.
“Taking part in the project was the first opportunity many pupils have had to grow something themselves,” said headteacher Debbie Kalynka. “For four months they were able to learn about what plants need to grow, and have also grown tomatoes, strawberries, beans, courgettes, carrots and beetroot. The club was thrilled with their potato harvest and is so proud to have won a prize.
“The children also enjoyed trying fresh veg like courgettes for the first time. They sold our produce to pay for next year’s seeds.”
No doubt the friendship bench will foster some bosom-spuddies.
Details of next year’s potato competition: www.potatoesforschool.org.uk