Waitrose’s plot to help schools grow

Scarlett McPhee and Connor Porter-Hough of St.Mary's Northchurch, Esme Weare and Ned Preston of Victoria First School, Corey Pethard and Evangeline Riley of Great Gaddesden, and Becky Halliday and Bishnu Sunar of Woodfield School collect gardening equipment from Waitrose Berkhamsted.
Scarlett McPhee and Connor Porter-Hough of St.Mary's Northchurch, Esme Weare and Ned Preston of Victoria First School, Corey Pethard and Evangeline Riley of Great Gaddesden, and Becky Halliday and Bishnu Sunar of Woodfield School collect gardening equipment from Waitrose Berkhamsted.

Four Dacorum schools have been given the chance to grow and sell their own produce thanks to Waitrose Berkhamsted.

The branch randomly chose St Mary’s CofE First School in Northchurch, Victoria CofE first School in Berkhamsted, Great Gaddesden School and Hemel Hempstead’s Woodfield School for children with learning difficulties to pilot the scheme.

Pupils from each school were invited to the store to receive their Grow And Sell seed kits, which will let them grow lettuce, beetroot, peppers, peas and courgettes.

Waitrose’s Dee Stone said: “This initiative will support Key Stage 2 school children to inspire them to grow their own produce during the summer months, and we will provide opportunities for children to re-engage with where their food comes from and understand investment.

“The children will be encouraged to eat healthily using their own produce in school dining rooms and any excess produce can be sold at the school for their funds.”

In September, a Waitrose green token box will be dedicated to raising funds to purchase more seed kits and offer the opportunity to more schools in the borough.