West Walton kids follow Miranda

Children at West Walton primary school enjoy making Veg Pals. LtoR - Caitlin, Amber, Owen and George with their Veg Pals. ANL-150603-141921009

Children at West Walton primary school enjoy making Veg Pals. LtoR - Caitlin, Amber, Owen and George with their Veg Pals. ANL-150603-141921009

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Pupils at West Walton Primary School have followed TV star Miranda Hart in making their own Vege Pals.

It was an exercise as part on National Waste Week earlier this month – and a fun way to get over a serious message.

Just like Miranda in the hit BBC series, adding faces and clothes to pieces of fruit and vegetables, the children made their own Vege Pals out of ripe and misshapen fruit and veg to make them more interesting.

In addition to that exercise, the children were each given a Fresh Pod to take home for their parents to put in their fridge salad drawer to keep their Vege Pal fresh for up to four times longer than normal.

Vege Pals was a joint initiative between West Walton School and the waste and recycling team at West Norfolk Borough Council, where Councillor Brian Long – who lives near the school – is the council’s portfolio holder for environment.

Cllr Long said: “At present, in the UK, over 10 per cent of the food and drink we buy in our weekly shop ends up in the bin when it could have been eaten. Two out of five pieces of fruit or veg don’t even make it into the shops as they’re deemed too ‘ugly’ to sell by supermarkets. That’s a lot of unnecessary food waste that we have to deal with.

“I think it’s great that the school took part in the event. It was a fun way to get over a serious message – that we can all save money and create less waste if we worry less about how our vegetables look, and more about how they taste.

“It also clearly showed how we can all buy, store and use our fruit and vegetables more wisely.”

West Walton School is part of the Windmill Primary Federation, consisting of West Walton, Terrington St John, Walpole Highway, and Tilney St Lawrence Primary Schools.

Executive headteacher across the partnership, Ms J Davis, said: “We like to encourage our pupils to be aware of the world around them, and to know that they can play an active part in shaping that world.

“Making Vege Pals – and taking home a Fresh Pod to keep fruit and veg fresh for longer – is a really practical way of showing their parents and carers that we can all do something to reduce food waste.”