Green fingers at St Mary’s

get your grown-ups growing''Ben and Ashley painting the potting shed

get your grown-ups growing''Ben and Ashley painting the potting shed

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PARENTS and grandparents went back to school in Market Weighton - but there wasn’t a classroom in sight.

Instead, the adults joined St Mary’s School pupils in getting their hands dirty working on the school garden as part of a national initiative.

Get your grown-ups growing''Roan painting the potting shed

Get your grown-ups growing''Roan painting the potting shed

Run by the Royal Horticultural Society and supported by Waitrose, the ‘Get your Grown-ups Growing’ scheme encourages adults to join their sons and daughters to work together cultivating school gardens and vegetable patches.

The school’s Garden Club leader Sue Beadle said the first event had been a huge success, with 30 adults and children turning up to help.

“We were really, really pleased with the turn-out,” she said. “We had a fantastic day, the children absolutely loved it and it was great because we managed to get all the jobs done that we hadn’t been able to do during school gardening club time.”

Sue said the children have taken more of an interest in eating healthily since the introduction of the school’s garden and vegetable patches, which are now in their third year of maturity.

“It does make a difference,” she said. “The children take home the vegetables then will bring them in the next day in the meals that have been made out of them.

“It has certainly made them more likely to try vegetables and eat healthily, which is what it’s all about at the end of the day.”

Sue wished to thank Langlands Garden Centre of Shiptonthorpe for their continued help and support with the school gardens, and also Hessle Waitrose for providing refreshments on the ‘Get your Grown-ups Growing’ day.