Hull pupils celebrate becoming the 15,000th visitors to The Co-operative’s From Farm to Fork project at Goole

May 22, 2013

The Co-operative Farms’ award-winning outdoor learning experience for primary schoolchildren – From Farm to Fork - welcomed its 15,000th visitor to its project in Goole yesterday (Monday, 20 May).

Pupils from Broadacre Primary School in Wawne Road, Kingston upon Hull, marked the milestone visit at The Co-operative’s estate at Adlington Grange, near Swinefleet, where it grows potatoes, vining peas, winter wheat, oilseed rape, winter barley and sugar beet.

The lucky child joined the rest of their class to celebrate the occasion by cooking up healthy pizzas and spelling out the number 15,000 using pizza topping ingredients, including peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and courgettes. The pupils also lined up to create the number 15,000 when they took part in activities outside the classroom.
 
Linda Crow, The Co-operative’s From Farm to Fork Project Leader at Goole, said: “We were delighted to welcome the 15,000th visitor to our From Farm to Fork project here in Goole and for pupils from Broadacre Primary School to help us mark the special occasion.
 
“Since we launched the project at Goole in 2008 it has been a huge success. Over the years both teachers and children, who have taken part in one of the From Farm to Fork days, have continually given us extremely positive feedback and we look forward to welcoming more children to enjoy this fantastic learning experience for many more years to come.”

From Farm to Fork is a national farming project, which is an award-winning outdoor learning experience that normally takes place at nine farms, which are owned or managed by The Co-operative Farms.

In addition to the farm at Goole, the project also takes place at Stoughton in Leicestershire; Ashby St Ledgers in Warwickshire; Tillington in Herefordshire; Blairgowrie in Perthshire; Borders in Lerwick; Down Ampney in Gloucestershire; Coldham in Cambridgeshire; and Louth in Lincolnshire.

The project is part of The Co-operative’s “Green Schools Revolution”, a multi-channel sustainability education programme available to all schools in the UK. The programme brings together a host of learning materials and practical opportunities to help teachers, parents and children take care of the environment in a fun and active way.

From learning about where food comes from, to visiting a wind farm and setting up a walking bus, the breadth of activities and resources are designed to bring environmental learning to life, and inspire the next generation of green pioneers. For more information and for school registration, visit www.greenschools.coop 

Additional Information:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.

The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.  Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop

 

Contact Information: 

Kieran Howlett                                                                     
Senior Public Relations Officer
The Co-operative Group
Mob:   07739 657 585
kieran.howlett@co-operative.coop