Horwood school's new allotment

A package full of vegetable plants is heading to Horwood and Newton Tracey Primary School – just in time to help restock a new allotment. The school has been awarded a selection of plants after successfully applying to the Dig Down South West campaign, su

A package full of vegetable plants is heading to Horwood and Newton Tracey Primary School - just in time to help restock a new allotment.

The school has been awarded a selection of plants after successfully applying to the Dig Down South West campaign, supported by Cornish Mutual insurers and launched by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock.

The timing is ideal because the school's existing allotment is about to be lost to a housing development, but Horwood, Newton Tracey and Lovacott Parish Council has offered new ground nearby - but it will need restocking!

Only Horwood and Parkham have applied successfully in the North Devon area and head teacher Ian Dickerson said: "We're delighted to be successful and grateful to the campaign because we had to restock and this saves us money on plants.


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"Local farmer Steve May has kindly offered to plough and harrow the land for us shortly."

The aim of the Dig Down campaign is to promote the benefits of children understanding where food comes from and growing their own produce.

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It follows a survey by Cornish Mutual which showed many youngsters in the South West were confused by where food came from, with 29 per cent believing beef burgers came from pigs.

At Horwood and Newton Tracey, the school has had a garden for many years and it has always been important for pupils' learning, with many aspects of the curriculum centred around the allotment. The produce is used in the school kitchens and the children run a business called Market Kids, selling surplus to parents.

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