Hundreds of Peterborough pupils enjoy potato planting fun

Primary school pupils across Peterborough have been taking part in this year’s “grow your own potatoes” event run by Kids Country.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:12 am
Newark Hill Primary taking part in the grow your own potatoes scheme
Newark Hill Primary taking part in the grow your own potatoes scheme

The Kids Country team, supported by sponsors Albert Bartlett, Westland Horticulture and Evergreen Garden Care, as well as local farmers, a have been able to deliver a Covid-safe version of their popular Grow Your Own Potatoes event to over 600 children from nine primary schools across Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, providing all of the potatoes and equipment needed, curriculum-based resources and engaging videos from farmers and growers.

Schools that have taken part this year include Newark Hill Academy, Dogsthorpe Academy, Folksworth C of E Primary School, Guyhirn C of E Primary School, St Botolph’s Primary School, William Law C of E Primary School and Leighton Primary School in and around Peterborough.

Kids Country is the educational arm of the East of England Agricultural Society and education manager Sandra Lauridsen says: “We are so pleased that the schools have been so motivated to keep their children engaged in the hands-on learning experience that the Grow Your Own Potatoes event delivers, getting their hands muddy and providing an opportunity to monitor the growth of their potatoes over the next few weeks, before the all-important harvest in June!”

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Newark Hill Primary taking part in the grow your own potatoes scheme

Cheryl Davitt, Early Years Lead at Newark Hill Academy, added: “We love to be involved with the Grow Your Own Potatoes event as it is a fun, hands-on, engaging event.  The children can learn about how potatoes are farmed, the history of the potato and then they get to plant their own - a fantastic way to learn about where our food comes from and how to look after plants.  The children also enjoy getting messy!  The harvesting day is great fun too, emptying our own pots to find our potatoes and then weighing our crop which we can take home and eat for our dinner.”