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Dobbies launches school tours to help children get growing

08 May, 2014

Dobbies Garden Centres is on a mission to help schools get growing and is inviting primary school pupils on fun, educational store tours to learn about the wonders of fruit and vegetables.

Aimed at improving children’s relationship with food and encouraging them to think about what they put on their plates, Dobbies’ ‘Helping schools to get growing’ school tours will teach children about fruit and vegetables, where they come from and how to grow them.

The leading garden centre retailer is supporting its parent company Tesco, in a new UK-wide initiative, ‘Farm to Fork’ which aims to get the next generation of children interested in where their food comes from. 

Angela Murray, community champion, Dobbies, Liverpool, said: “We’re really excited to welcome primary school children into our garden centre and help them to explore the wonders and benefits of growing their own.  Our garden centre is a fun environment for kids to learn about the growing process and how fruit and vegetables get from plot to plate – and we’ll hopefully spark an interest that will last a lifetime.

“From planting cress and salad leaves to strawberries and radishes, we’ll be teaching children how easy and fun it is to grow their own fresh produce, giving them the chance to do it for themselves.

“If you’re a local school and would like to book a tour with us, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”   

Farm to Fork is the first initiative from the Tesco Eat Happy project - Tesco’s commitment to improving children’s relationship with food.  Tesco’s ambition is to take one million primary school children in the UK on Farm to Fork trails.

Chris Bush, Tesco UK Managing Director, said: “We know parents are concerned that kids don’t always understand how food is made and where it comes from, which is important to developing a strong positive lifelong relationship with food.  Working closely with teachers, our suppliers and a number of partners including the Children’s Food Trust, we want to help make the relationship primary school kids have with food better, and that’s the aim of the Eat Happy Project.  It’s part of our ambition to help all of our customers and colleagues lead healthier lives and just one of the ways we are using our scale to help communities across the UK.”

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