12 June 2017

Sowing the seeds: TV star Alan Titchmarsh helps Erdington children grow their own

Excitement is growing at Brookvale Primary school as green-fingered children dig out their wellies to welcome gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh to the school this week.

The popular gardener, presenter and author will be helping to launch the school’s new gardening club, which also aims to provide pupils with ‘essential life skills’ for healthy living. He will also be talking to pupils, staff and parents at a special assembly about the benefits of growing your own produce.

Alan – who presents ‘Love your Garden’ among a number of other prime TV shows – will help a group of Key Stage two children (years 3-6) tend to the school’s allotment and help them grow their own vegetables.

Teacher Harriet Halsey, who will be leading the new gardening club, said: “We are all so excited that Alan will be joining us and we want to thank him visiting our school.

“It’s our aim to create lots of green spaces across school and to plant some life back into our allotment. We want to equip our children with the life skills to be self-sufficient – to cultivate and harvest their own vegetables, prepare simple, nutritious meals and share the benefits of healthy living with their families and wider community.

“We know that Alan will provide them with the right tools to get this club off to a terrific start and that they will get some top tips from a seasoned pro – we cannot wait!”

Alan is no stranger to Birmingham, having worked at the city’s famous Pebble Mill studio. He is looking forward to visiting Brookvale Primary School, part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP).

Alan said:

It’s a real pleasure to be able to support the children with this fantastic initiative that teaches young people about nature, lifecycles and sustainable living.

“I’ll be showing the pupils some easy-to-grow vegetables and how to get the best out of their crop with just a little time and care so that they can reap the rewards of their labour. 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!”