Free seeds get schools growing

Teachers and pupils from Cambo First School, Grange View Church of England First School, New Deleval Primary School and Swarland First School collecting their pumpkin seeds from Diane MacDonald, Operations Manager at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre (back row, fourth from right).
Teachers and pupils from Cambo First School, Grange View Church of England First School, New Deleval Primary School and Swarland First School collecting their pumpkin seeds from Diane MacDonald, Operations Manager at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre (back row, fourth from right).
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SCHOOLS in Northumberland hope to grow a feast fit for a princess after picking up free seeds.

Six schools have collected free pumpkin seeds from Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth for a Cinderella’s Coach contest.

The competition will see pupils rewarded for growing the biggest ‘coach’, with the winning school receiving £30 of vouchers and the child responsible for the largest pumpkin collecting a gardening hamper of tools and seeds.

Among those taking part are Cambo First School and Grange View First School in Widdrington Station.

The other four battling it out are New Delaval Primary, Swarland First, Red Row First and Thropton Village First.

Heighley Gate General Manager Roger Wale said: “We invited anyone who felt that their school deserved the pumpkin seeds to get in touch earlier in the summer. We had a limited number of packets to give away and allocated them on a first come, first served basis.

“The idea is that one class from each successful school will now have the chance to grow pumpkins.

“We’re hoping to catch youngsters’ imaginations by theming the competition as a grow Cinderella’s Coach contest. However, of course we don’t have the fair godmother’s magic to convert it to the real thing.”

Schools will be invited back to the centre in October to show off their produce.