The team from Mars with pupils at Sedgeford Primary School. Pictures: Tony Jones.

Youngsters at Sedgeford Primary School can look forward to growing their own fresh produce thanks to the hard work of volunteers from Mars Food in King’s Lynn.

A team of ten from the Hansa Road factory have got the school’s allotment shipshape and ready for growing.

They were busy digging, weeding and mulching at the Sedgeford Road school all day last Thursday.

The work was carried out as part of the Mars School Grounds Development Programme and overseen by West Norfolk-based artist Nicola Marray-Woods.

“The school recently received funding for building works from the Norfolk Coast Partnership to provide disabled access to the allotment, but it has become overgrown and weedy during the process,” she said.

“The school is very keen to get every child outside gardening, but it would be a long hard slog to get to the point where the children could plant again.

“Thanks to the volunteers they will be able to get out there and use the allotment before the autumn planting window closes.”

The team was led by Mark Affleck, who said the project fitted  perfectly with the Mars motto: “Better food today, better world tomorrow”.

Mr Affleck added: “We really enjoy giving our time to the local community and it is always so well received by the school.”

The school’s greenhouse was given a thorough clean on the day and volunteers also built the children a compost bin out of recycled pallets.

Deputy head teacher Keith Twaites, said: “Practical work such as gardening and cooking are key parts of the curriculum at Sedgeford and the time given so freely by the Mars Food volunteers enables us to deliver these important enrichment activities.

“We are also very fortunate with all the work done by Alan Cross from Dersingham Builders – he really has gone that extra mile to help us.”