(This was published in the Newark Advertiser on 30th July 2010 as part of my work experience.)

The Mayor of Ollerton and Boughton dug up the first crop of potatoes at Ollerton Primary School last week.

Irene Miller visited the school on Wednesday 21st July to help pupils tender their new vegetable garden.

She said: “It’s an absolutely wonderful idea. We’re moving away from growing our own local produce, but you can see that the children are interested in it. That’s what it’s all about.”

Headteacher, Mr Carl Braithwaite, said that the garden was used to show pupils the importance of local produce and healthy eating. The potatoes were put on the school’s dinner menu the next day.

The vegetable garden was created at the beginning of April with the help of local volunteers. Many vegetables are grown in the garden including onions, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes and broad beans.

All of the classes in school take turns in tending and picking the vegetables. There is also an after school gardening club where parents and other locals can get involved.