Isle’s young gardeners lead the field

Epworth Primary School pupils harvest their vegetables they have been growing. Collecting potatoes
Epworth Primary School pupils harvest their vegetables they have been growing. Collecting potatoes

Green-fingered youngsters in the Isle are producing flowers and veg to do Monty Don and Jamie Oliver proud.

Epworth Primary Academy’s Gardening Club started earlier this year and has quickly transformed the school grounds. Pupils aged five to 11 with volunteer helpers are following the RHS gardening for schools scheme.

Such is the club’s success that its marrows and tomatoes won prizes in the recent Isle of Axholme Annual Horticultural Show. The adventurous bunch are also growing giant pumpkins to be harvested and cooked in school to encourage healthy eating.

Together, the gardeners have grown herbs, sun flowers, carrots, potatoes, runner beans, marrows, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, peppers and strawberries. And this week they got creative, making pumpkin pizzas, vegetable soup, potato salad, seasonal vegetable pasta surprise and stuffed marrow.