Blue Peter gardener gets ready to pay a visit to Portsmouth school

Youngsters at Manor Infant School and Nursery celebrate with headteacher Ashley Howard, centre. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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SCHOOLCHILDREN are in for a treat as Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, pictured, is set to visit Highbury Primary School.

The visit comes after one of the pupils won the main prize in a school meal competition.

The council’s school meals provider, ISS Education, ran a ‘Green Fingers’ event to encourage children to grow vegetables.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at the council, said: ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for the children at Highbury Primary School.

‘They’ll have the chance to get some real hands-on gardening experience, and find out more about where different types of fruit and vegetables come from.

‘It promises to be a fun day, which I’m sure they’ll learn from. Maybe they’ll even be inspired to plant their own vegetable gardens at home too.’

As well as gardening sessions throughout the day, pupils will also enjoy a special garden themed lunchtime menu, and a tasting table for the chance to try a range of unusual and exotic fruits and vegetables.

Sarah Sadler, headteacher at Highbury Primary school, said: ‘The visit from Chris will help to kick-start our vegetable garden and give the children an insight into how food is produced.

‘The special menu and food tasting will also give them an opportunity to learn more about food.’

The visit is tomorrow.