Barbara has officially opened a new vegetable, herb and fruit garden at Ellenbrook Community Primary School.
The garden teaches children about how food is produced, and encourages healthy eating and physical activity.
"This vegetable garden is a great idea and I was pleased to officially open it. The children are really enthusiastic about looking after their fruit and veg and its important that they will be able to eat fresh food every day. A healthy diet is crucial for good general health and wellbeing, and this garden will help to make healthy eating fun. Hopefully, the children will encourage their parents to start vegetable patches at home, bringing the benefits of healthy eating to the whole family”.
Before the opening, Barbara praised the school's initiative during a questions session with Health Minister Caroline Flint in the House of Commons.
Barbara told the Minister:
"I am visiting Ellenbrook primary school in my constituency to open its Healthy Schools Vegetable Garden. Will my hon. Friend congratulate the school on not only promoting healthy eating, but teaching children how to grow the herbs, fruit and vegetables that will be used in their school meals every day? Does she think that other schools should follow that example?”
Health Minister Caroline Flint praised the school for its initiative, and highlighted why a healthy diet is so important:
"My hon. Friend cites a really good example of a project that is seeking to achieve on several fronts. It is encouraging an understanding of the need to eat healthily and getting children out there to grow food, thus increasing their understanding of where it comes from. Alongside that, it increases physical activity at school.”