Nature is proving to be a great teacher for youngsters in Wimbotsham after they have taken on an allotment.
Up to 25 children who attend the Rosie Cheeks Childcare are busy planting and weeding the allotment with help from the centre’s dog Ralph.
Rosie Cheeks owners Kevin and Charlie Parker came up with the idea to help their youngsters understand more about where food comes from.
The couple took on the allotment after running a pilot project at their home in Westway which proved to be a big hit with the youngsters.
Mrs Parker said: “Vegetables which some children were not too keen on before last summer are now firm favourites. We had children who did not like tomatoes, carrots and beetroot. But last year we found some of these children going into the greenhouse to help themselves to the tomatoes.
“They get a lot out of this with a sense of pride and achievement along with watching things growing.”
Work started on the new allotment at Christmas, which now has a number of raised beds.
Potatoes, beans, rhubarb, strawberries have been set and there are plans to include borage to attract bees.
Children, who work on the allotment in groups of six, are encouraged to take their parents along at weekends.
The project has received donations from a number of local businesses including the Wissington British Sugar factory, Dobbies.
Parents have also made donations to pay for fencing the Wimbotsham Parish Council allotment .