Garden cultivates learning zone

An open-air classroom has been created at the Duchess of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden to help local people grow vegetables and learn about the importance of healthy eating.

An open-air classroom has been created at the Duchess of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden to help local people grow vegetables and learn about the importance of healthy eating.

The Roots and Shoots vegetable garden is the latest addition to the major tourist attraction.

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis's Alnwick site is funding the plot and will be supporting a programme of activities throughout the year. The vegetable garden will enable children and adults to plant, grow and harvest their own crops, stimulating an understanding of where food comes from.

It will be used by school groups as a learning resource and youngsters and their parents will have the chance to work with chef Richard Sim to prepare and cook vegetable dishes.

Raised beds have been included to allow wheelchair users and less agile people to take part.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer