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Wimbledon strawberries delivered to Chatham school by MP Tracey Crouch

Strawberries which were bound for Wimbledon have instead been delivered to pupils at a Medway school.

Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch made the special delivery to Wayfield Primary School, in Wayfield Road, Chatham, for staff and children of key workers.

Pupils from Wayfield Primary School, Chatham, were delivered strawberries from Hugh Lowe Farms, which usually supplies Wimbledon
Pupils from Wayfield Primary School, Chatham, were delivered strawberries from Hugh Lowe Farms, which usually supplies Wimbledon

The strawberries were donated by Hugh Lowe Farms, in Mereworth, near Maidstone, which normally supplies the annual tennis tournament.

Reception children who are learning at home also received deliveries to their door but they were given everything they need to plant their own beans.

Normally at this stage in the academic year, the youngsters would be planting them at school to learn about the cycle of a plant.

Reception teacher Natalie Mason said: “I was thrilled to be able to see the smiles on my pupils’ faces in person and to see their excitement about their very own bean plants to tend to.

"As they couldn’t come into school for their learning, I did what I could to bring their learning to them.

The strawberries were donated by Hugh Lowe Farms, which usually supplies Wimbledon in the summer
The strawberries were donated by Hugh Lowe Farms, which usually supplies Wimbledon in the summer

"I can’t wait to hear their observations about their plants through their bean diaries, and look forward to hearing what tasty ways they find to eat them once they are ripe.”

Head teacher Tim Williams added: “Everyone in our school community has really pulled together throughout the challenges of the last couple of months, and we are so thankful to our MP Tracey Crouch for delivering such a bounty of strawberries.

"We are also so pleased that our Reception pupils are able to embrace their learning thanks to their special bean plant deliveries.

"Our staff have been working hard throughout the lockdown period to keep pupils engaged with learning whether they are in school or at home, and this is just one brilliant example.”

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