Pupils at Matlock All Saints Junior School put their best fork forwards this week for their annual Eco Day.
The event gives children and parents the opportunity to get the school gardens in order ready for planting.
Parent Steven Walker, who attended with his three children, said: “The kids have had a really good time getting filthy!”
And it wasn’t just about gardening. Derbyshire Dales District Council was on hand to give tips on how to reduce food waste, and helpers could find out about Derbyshire County Council’s Eco Centre, as well as purchase Fairtrade goods and products made from recycled materials, such as knitted carrier bags.
Chair of the PTFA, Angela Neale, said: “We are so proud that All Saints Junior School children are already so engaged with gardening and learning about the environment, ahead of the government’s talk of adding it to the curriculum. They all thoroughly enjoyed the Eco Day and we even raised £100 for the school.”
For those who wanted a break from gardening, or to dodge the rain showers, Twilight After School Club organised crafts for the children and there was also an opportunity to watch bees making honey in a working beehive.
Parent Steven Walker, who attended with his three children, said: “The kids have had a really good time getting filthy! But the highlight for them was definitely the bees. They found them fascinating and thought it was great that we could buy a jar of honey produced by the actual bees they could see.”
The PTFA’s next big event will be the Summer Fair, which will be held on Saturday 13th July 11am-2pm at the school.