Alan Titchmarsh launches primary school gardening club

Presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh has paid a visit to pupils at Brookvale Primary School to launch the school’s new gardening club.

Titchmarsh, who currently presents the ITV show Love your Garden showed key stage 2 pupils how to tend to the Birmingham school’s allotment in order to grow vegetables.

He also took part in an assembly and spoke to staff, pupils and parents about the benefits of home-grown produce.

Teacher Harriet Halsey arranged the visit, and will lead the new club which aims to encourage pupils to lead a healthier lifestyle through growing their own fruit and veg.

“‘We were delighted to invite Alan to our school, ” she said. The children asked many interesting questions and were inspired by his comments. As a result, more children have now joined our gardening club.”

Titchmarsh added: “It’s wonderful to grow your own food and dig in to some wholesome meals as nature intended.

“It’s essential that we pass on these life skills to future generations so that they can develop that love of gardening and nutrition from an early age and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles. Children are eager learners – I am merely planting the ideas for them to grow.”

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