Young detectives find food facts

PUBLISHED: 11:20 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

PUPILS from Petersfield School in Orwell, have learned how far their favourite food travels before it ends up on their plate by helping create the children s book, The Lunch Detectives. The book, which is supported by the National Trust, is a story about

PUPILS from Petersfield School in Orwell, have learned how far their favourite food travels before it ends up on their plate by helping create the children's book, The Lunch Detectives.

The book, which is supported by the National Trust, is a story about a class of children discovering where their food comes from.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness on healthy eating, locally produced food, waste reduction and Fair Trade food.

Petersfield teachers and author Helen Polge organised a programme of workshops and events that encouraged children to have fun while discovering facts about gardening, farming and cooking.

Helen, who is also the learning officer at the National Trust's Wimpole Hall property, said: "I learned so much from the children, especially from the letters that the children and their parents wrote. They were just brilliant."

A school spokesman said: "The project was fantastic and beneficial for all the children involved.

"It was a great opportunity for the children and they learned the importance of healthy eating and local produce."

The children who helped with research were all presented with copies of the book, which was illustrated by local artist Russ Daff.

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