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WAITROSE is relaunching its ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme to encourage schoolchildren in Portsmouth to grow their own produce and sell it.

The scheme, which has trebled in size since its launch last year, aims to inspire seven to 11-year-olds to grow their own produce during the summer months, learn where food comes from, and develop their entrepreneurial skills.

This year, the store will distribute ‘Grow and Sell’ kits to schools to help get their school vegetable patches up and running.

Once the produce has been grown, children will be encouraged to sell their produce outside its branch in Southsea.

Jo Anthony, partner coordination manager at Waitrose Southsea, said: ‘Having seen the success of last year’s project, it brings us immense pleasure to be able to offer the ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme to many more schools.

‘We have encouraged the schools taking part to enter into the Portsmouth in Bloom schools categories, too.

‘We hope it will encourage children to choose to eat well, and inspire entrepreneurial minds to flourish.’

Waitrose is one of the partners helping to support Portsmouth in Bloom this year.