Students grow plants for primary schools

February 2022

Image for press release - A group of Level three horticulture students at Writtle University College sowing seeds in a greenhouse
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

The Essex Food and Farming Day is back for 2022! The annual event is organised by the Essex Agricultural Society and involves over sixty primary schools.

Pupils in years four, five or six will learn how their food travels from farm to fork, with support from an online portal and a fun-packed event package.

Level three horticulture students at Writtle University College (WUC) have been offering their support. They've been sowing a wide range of seeds over the last few weeks. The resulting plants will be included in the goodie pack sent to schools this spring. Participating pupils will have the chance to grow - and eat! - their own fresh produce.

WUC student Lucy took part in the sowing sessions. She said: "I think it's great that primary school children are given the opportunity to learn horticulture at such a young age as it's a useful skill".

Lecturer Sandie Cain added: "We're delighted to be supporting the Essex Food & Farming Day. Our students enjoy helping their local community and have been using our campus greenhouses to grow sow basil, tomatoes and other crops. We look forward to circulating the plants to local schools and hope that the pupils enjoy learning about food, farming and the environment."

For more information on Writtle University College's further education horticulture courses, visit