Blue Peter gardener shares tips with Bermondsey school pupils

News Desk (21 September, 2017) Education Environment

19073Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins visited St James' Primary School in Bermondsey

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins visited a Bermondsey primary school to check on the progress of the student-grown fruit and vegetables, writes Emma Snaith

Chris met twelve of the St James’ Primary School’s students during his visit and took a look at the produce they had helped to grow, including carrots, beetroot, lettuce, parsley and blackcurrant seeds.

The Blue Peter gardener was on hand to give expert tips on how to ensure a bumper crop of fruit and veg.

Hannah, one of the year five students who met the TV gardener said: “It’s really fun to grow your own produce and watch it get bigger.

“We are selling it at Borough Market and the proceeds go to Fare Share London which is a really nice thing to do.”

The visit on Tuesday, September 12 comes ahead of the School Food Matters winter sale at Borough Market in October.

The sale will see three young marketeers from St James’ sell their school-grown fruit and vegetables to raise funds for FareShare – a charity providing meals for vulnerable families across the UK.

The St James’ marketeers will be joined by students from other schools in the borough to learn about the importance of fresh, sustainable food and to understand where it comes from.