School grown lunches for Colley Gate pupils

Cooking up a treat are year four pupils Emily Hopkins, Megan Manson and Rosie Welch, all aged nine, with Mick Poultney .

Cooking up a treat are year four pupils Emily Hopkins, Megan Manson and Rosie Welch, all aged nine, with Mick Poultney .

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GREENFINGERED pupils at a Colley Gate school cooked up lunchtime treat when they grew their own rhubarb and dished it up as a tasty crumble.

Under the watchful eye of gardening expert Mick Poultney, who runs the after school club at Caslon Primary, youngsters grow a variety of fruit and vegetables.

They harvested the rhubarb and, with help from kitchen staff, made the crumble for the school lunches.

Headteacher Adrian Pembleton said: “It was absolutely fantastic and this something we would like to expand on with the new national curriculum focussing on life skills like gardening and cooking.”

The gardening club plot boasts a poly tunnel, six raised beds, an orchard, compost bins, wormery, greenhouse, bug houses and sheds.

Mr Poultney, who voluntarily runs the gardening club with parent Anna Wright, said: “Kids love the fresh air, getting dirty and doing practical work – it sticks in their brains.”

He is now helping the children grow prize-winning produce to exhibit at the prestigious Malvern Autumn Show.

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