Cumnor House School Purley pupils take part in farm-to-fork trail

By - Friday 6th February, 2015

Primary pupils from Cumnor House School in Purley have become part of a growing number of schools in the UK taking part in a nationwide programme to learn where their food comes from.

Photo by Cumnor House, used with permission.

Release begins: Children from Cumnor House School swapped their classroom for the supermarket aisle on a visit to the Tesco superstore in Purley, Croydon,  on January 29th, to take part in a Farm to Fork Trail, in a quest to find out more about the food on their plate and how it gets there.

Backed by Diabetes UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU amongst others, Farm to Fork is the first initiative of the Tesco Eat Happy Project, a new food education programme to improve children’s relationship with food.

Specially trained colleagues in more than 700 Tesco stores across the UK will also be teaching children about different foods and giving practical demonstrations, for example, baking bread, tasting new fruits and vegetables and learning all about fish. Farm to Fork will see food suppliers across the country opening their farms and factories to teach children how, for example, milk is produced, where eggs come from and how lettuce grows.

Tesco’s ambition is to give every primary school in the UK opportunity to go on the trails, to support their syllabus in learning about food, farming and nutrition.

On their trail, pupils from Cumnor House School were treated to an interactive learning session behind the scenes at the Tesco store to learn up close how some of the food they eat makes it way to their plate. The children were offered different activities in all the major departments such as the produce department and the cheese counter, where they were given an opportunity to try a piece of fruit and/or cheese they have never eaten before, then on to the bakery department where each pupil had a chance to make their own bread roll to take home.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project launches as research from the Future Foundation reveals 90 per cent of 7-14 year olds do not eat their five-a-day. In fact, despite claiming they know what constitutes a healthy diet, 52 per cent think that potatoes count as one of their five-a-day, [16 per cent] think orange squash counts and one in 10 per cent think carrot cake and ketchup count.

And the generation gap is growing; the study also highlights the concerns British parents have about their children’s’ relationship with food: two-thirds believe children eat much more convenience food than they did and an overwhelming eighty per cent say their children are less healthy than they were as children.

Farm to Fork Trail Leader, Sarah Collet, said: “It was a pleasure having Cumnor House School attend our Farm to Fork trail today. The aim of these trails is to inspire primary school children all over the country to learn more about the food on their plate and you could see that the children today were really excited and enthusiastic. We look forward to welcoming more schools in the area to come and experience a trail for themselves.”

Tesco stores and suppliers are opening their doors to every primary school in Croydon to take part in Farm to Fork trails. Schools can search for their nearest store and supplier and register their interest now at

Release ends.

Release sender: TCV Group.



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