Wicor Primary School helps launch British Food Fortnight

Wicor Primary School in Fareham, Hampshire has an ethos for environmental education that is second to-none. The school grounds, which open annually for the National Garden Scheme, have grown organically, with an orchard, allotment, hen coop, hives and polytunnels.

“We are passionate about nature and want our children to be grounded so that they can make informed decisions and understand that food choices have consequences,” says Headteacher Mark Wildman.

The excitement of British Food Fortnight (21st September-6th October) – the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink – launching at the school was a fitting tribute to their amazing education programme.

Hampshire Fare, who were given the opportunity to launch this important nationwide initiative after winning last year’s British Food Fortnight competition for its work in local primary schools, were delighted to return to the school.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, said: “This is the school where our involvement in British Food Fortnight started back in 2015. Since then we have introduced growers and producers to a different school each year, to encourage children to take an interest in where their food comes from. In this way we have created a legacy, as the schools we have worked with continue to hold food activities during British Food Fortnight.”

The launch event at Wicor Primary School, where horticulture is an integral part of the environmental curriculum, involved a harvest lunch of local produce, served by Year 5 pupils, for a guest list that included chefs, producers and influential people within the local food industry. Plastic was banned, replaced by glasses and bamboo cutlery and plates.

The event was attended by Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight, and British Food Fortnight Ambassadors Jane Devonshire, Masterchef winner 2016, and Oli Blanc, son of celebrated chef, Raymond Blanc, and co-creator of Henri Le Worm, an award-wining app encouraging children to engage with food.

Alexia Robinson, said: “The launch will live long in my memory; the most magical, wonderful, spectacularly special occasion. I am so pleased that I have been to Hampshire to see Hampshire Fare’s work in action. I now have a true sense of it all; the work with producers, with Hampshire Council’s Catering Service and with individual schools. Hampshire Fare’s hard work is remarkable.

“Wicor School is a gem doing more than any school I think I have ever seen to create the perfect learning environment for children. The Headteacher, Mark Wildman, is inspirational.  I wish there could be an event at the school that every Headteacher in the South of England could attend so that they can see what is possible.

“If ever there was a group of people who sum up what I am trying to achieve with Love British Food, this is it.”

You can find out more about British Food Fortnight here

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Pupil’s from Year 5 at Wicor Primary School help launch British Food Fortnight. Photo: The Electric Eye Photography 46

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