Children at Stowmarket school make their harvest feast as mayor opens nature trail

Opening of the perimeter trail at Wood Ley Primary School in Stowmarket.  Stowmarket Mayor Anne Whybrow is joined by the school's oldest pupil Fraser Gipson and the youngest pupil Skie Corney-Leighton (correct).

Opening of the perimeter trail at Wood Ley Primary School in Stowmarket. Stowmarket Mayor Anne Whybrow is joined by the school's oldest pupil Fraser Gipson and the youngest pupil Skie Corney-Leighton (correct).

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Mayor of Stowmarket Anne Whybrow was joined oldest pupil Fraser Gipson and youngest pupil Skie Corney-Leighton at the opening of a perimeter trail at Wood Ley Primary School in Stowmarket, on Friday.

The trail was opened as part of a harvest celebration after children planted their own vegetables last year, and then made their own produce using them as ingredients.

School head Sara Ward said: “Last year we worked with Eastfeast, a charity made up on professional gardeners, artists and teachers that helps develop learning with a focus on the environment.

“It was sponsored by Suffolk County Council’s grant.

“We wanted to make our garden at the school more exciting for an outdoor learning environment.

“The children planted a variety of seeds and grew courgettes, beetroot, onions and beans. Then they dug them up and made chutneys, courgette cake, bread and other produce.”

The whole thing came to a climax with a harvest feast on Friday. More than 160 key stage one and two children were involved in the project.

The mayor opened a perimeter trail made of bark, shingle and stepping stones. The school has also built a den.

Friday’s event saw the scattering of wildflower seeds.

“This time next year we hope to have a meadow of wildflowers attracting insects. We will look to develop bug hotels and study nature up close,” Mrs Ward said.