When pupils at Echline Primary School in
Queensferry sowed seeds last year little did they know they would be reaping the benefits a year on.
Primary six pupils last year planted a number of crops on their allotment at nearby Craigie’s Farm. The crops grown include radishes, turnip, carrots, leeks, cabbage and lettuce as well as strawberries.
Throughout the year the pupils, now in primary seven, tended the vegetables and recently harvested what was grown and brought the produce back to the school where the items were used as part of an ecology and environmental project as part of their continuing status as an Eco school. Echline currently has four Green Flags.
Their One Planet project focused on sustainability, healthy eating and encouraged the use of Scottish produce. It culminated with a One Planet picnic for all the pupils and staff at the school.
Our photographs show pupils enjoying a selection of foods that have little or no carbon footprint as they were mostly home- grown. Craigie’s also provided fruit and vegetables for the picnic.
Also last week, there was a planned tidy-up of Ross’s Garden, a memorial garden to Ross Woolard, a pupil who died 12 years ago.
Each year pupils fill planters with flowers and shrubs but this year the theme was ‘edible’ planters which saw them filled with an assortment of fruit, herbs and small vegetable plants
Seen tending the garden are parent helpers Jane Martin, Vicky Cameron- Harper and Helen Gandy.
Alison Haughie, deputy headteacher at Echline Primary said: ‘‘It’s been an amazing week and the aim was to promote local produce and healthy eating.
‘‘At the start of the week, some children were not aware that bananas were not grown in Scotland but now they have a better appreciation of how buying local produce helps the environment.’’
Echline is one of four schools which has an allotment at the farm.