Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 15:00

Families from Penwithick and the local area have attended a morning of gardening and storytelling at the village’s hall as part of Eden’s Seeds Soup and Sarnies programme.

Helped by Skilled Eden Horticulturist Steve Burrell, families got stuck into planting  herbs and salad veg in Penwithick Village Hall’s raised bed and learned how to pot up seedlings.

They were also entertained by Dave Saunders, one of Eden’s Pollinators, who told stories and provided a range of storybooks donated by Cornwall Council library service that the children could take home with them.

Sarah Worne, Family Learning Coordinator at Cornwall Council, said: “We’ve had a great day. Not only have we got a lot of planting done, but we’ve been joined by new families who are really keen to get involved further with the project.”

Seeds, Soup and Sarnies is a programme that encourages people to grow their own food, learn together and make new friends to forge strong links in the community.

More than 800 people have taken part in the Big Lottery-funded programme that has been trialled in Cornwall’s China Clay area and central Middlesbrough.

It is run by Eden, together with ContinYou, who work with families in Middlesbrough and the North East, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and Cornwall Council’s Family Learning (part of the Adult Education Service) who work with families across Cornwall.

The next session takes place at Penwithick Hall on April 13 from 9:30am until 12:30pm and focuses on planting, irrigation and seed sowing. To find out more, contact Cornwall Family Learning on 01872 327520.