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PUPILS at a Havant school will soon be able to cook vegetables from their own allotment.

Staff at Riders Infants School made it a mission this year to create a fruit and vegetable garden for the children to grow their own.

Now a team of 14 volunteers from Southern Electric’s offices in Penner Road, Havant, have gone to the school to turn the vision into reality.

Armed with spades and forks, they spent a day digging, forking and carting away wheelbarrows full of boggy clay, to create six vegetable beds.

After topping them with fresh soil, they then planted a variety seeds which the school hopes will germinate into a vegetable patch – containing everything from tomatoes to carrots to avocados and raspberries.

The school also hopes to encourage families who have no gardens of their own to grow vegetables using one of the plots.

Headteacher Janet Hayward said: ‘We’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time but have never had the time or resources to do it ourselves.

‘When one of the parents, who works for Southern Electric, said the company could support us through their community volunteer scheme which provides help for local causes, we were delighted.

‘It was incredible to see how much the volunteers were able to achieve in a day.’

Hayley Lewis, from Southern Electric, said: ‘We were very tired by the end, but we kept our spirits up – the team were fantastic.’