Date: Tuesday 07 October 2014
To highlight our support of ‘grow your own’ we’ve teamed up with Priorsford Primary School in Peebles and given them a £250 donation towards their school garden where the children are enjoying a bumper crop of a variety of vegetables and herbs including onions, runner beans, parsley and rosemary.
The popularity of ‘grow your own’ is on the rise, with the proportion of all fruit and vegetables which were grown in gardens or allotments now accounting for 5% of all fresh produce consumed in the UK*.
With the early autumn planting season almost under way, the children at Priorsford Primary have lots of work to do as headteacher Sandra Macgregor explains: “We’re delighted with the crops that our school garden will yield this year, and we have been looking at a variety of different recipes of how to best use our school-grown produce in class.
“Our gardening club was delighted to hear of Taylor Wimpey’s kind donation of £250, and the children are already considering some new vegetables to plant for next year including beetroot. It’s clear the school garden, including the vegetable patches, provides an exceptional learning experience for our children and I’m confident they will transfer those skills to their gardens at home.”
Karen Armstrong, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, says: “As part of our support to ‘grow your own’ we were thrilled to discover that Priorsford Primary School, just a few minutes from our Kingsmeadow development in Peebles, has such a productive school garden and we’re more than happy to encourage the children to keep growing their own fruit, vegetables and herbs by providing a small donation towards their ongoing plans.
“We know that a private garden can provide a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of modern family life and the gardens at our new-build homes in locations such as Peebles are a blank canvas on which homebuyers can create their own design, including an area for growing their own produce.”
We’re currently building new homes at our Kingsmeadow development in Kittlegairy View, Peebles, Scottish Borders.
* The proportion of all fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK which were grown in allotments or gardens went up from 2.9% to 5% between 2008 and 2011 – an increase of nearly 70% – according to Government research.