Green-fingered children from Carmyle primary school rake in support from MP

25 Mar 2009

John Mason has visited Carmyle primary school to present pupils with a range of free gardening equipment so they can grow their own greens, as part of Morrisons supermarket’s ‘Let’s Grow’ campaign. The school is just one of over 18,000 from across the UK to get involved with the campaign.

Teachers will use the new tools and seeds to inspire millions of children across the nation: in this year alone the Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow’ campaign will see UK kids will grow nearly three quarters of a million radishes, 200,000 pumpkins and almost 2 million tomatoes! Across the nations of the Uk, Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow’ is helping kids develop a passion for growing their own fresh produce.

The campaign has captured the imagination of the public, with over 39 million vouchers redeemed by UK schools in exchange for gardening equipment. By the end of the spring growing season, UK schools will have taken delivery of:

4,750 greenhouses
3,703 pairs of wellies
16,463 pairs of gardening gloves
19,426 trowels
12,492 watering cans

Jean Miller of Carmyle primary school said: “We’re over the moon to get so much gardening equipment and the children can’t wait to get stuck in and put it to good use. This type of hands-on learning is really important for children’s development and its good fun too!”

John Mason said: “It’s great to see a local school embrace this opportunity – it’s a fantastic way of involving kids in learning about fruit and veg and that can only be a good thing.”

Lynne McGregor – Personnel Manager at Morrisons said: “The enthusiasm for the ‘Morrisons Let’s Grow’ campaign has been tremendous and we’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents, teachers and children. While it’s fantastic that the kids are looking forward to digging into the mud, there’s an important message here about engaging young people in healthy fresh food”.