THE pupils at a school in Runcorn have been gifted with all the necessary equipment to begin growing their own organic fruit and vegetables.

A local construction company donated a class growing kit to Windmill Hill Primary School.

Daresbury based firm Redrow have continued their initiative in helping schools across the north west to begin growing their own produce on site.

Pupils were equipped with seeds, planters and plenty of gardening tools, to begin their learning journey.

Gill Gleave, a business manager at Windmill Hill,  said: “The children love their new growing kits and have already had lots of fun this summer term trying their hand at planting their own vegetables.”

The initiative will not only enlighten pupils about how fresh produce is grown but also will educate children on healthy eating from a young age.

“It also supports with our outdoor curriculum and encourages children to get closer to nature, with all the benefits that brings,” Gill added.

Runcorn and Widnes World: Windmill Hill pupils with Greg Campbell from Redrow construction companyWindmill Hill pupils with Greg Campbell from Redrow construction company (Image: Windmill Hill Primary School)

Included in the kits are bamboo plant pots, watering cans, cotton gardening gloves, forks, trowels and rake sets and a host of rainbow vegetable seeds from peas, carrots and radishes to courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Anna Evans-Kerr, sales director for Redrow north west said: “Get Set Grow is a new initiative and we’ve really enjoyed working with local schools across the North West to deliver the growing kits.

“The children at Windmill Hill Primary School have been really keen to get outdoors and grow their own fresh produce.

“We’re pleased this equipment has been so useful and hope it can be used every year. Outdoor learning is a great way for pupils to practice new skills and connect with the natural world, which also boosts health and wellbeing.”