SOME children may think that eggs come from the supermarket but pupils at one Chester school know they actually come from hens.
That’s because Mill View Primary School in Upton has set up a chicken coop and kitchen garden after receiving a £9,260 Lottery grant.
The project aims to teach children about growing plants, caring for animals, healthy living and having fun outdoors – with parents, grandparents and other members of the community all involved.
School bursar Luci Jones, 28, who secured the funding, said: “The garden would not be in this state now without members of the local community that have come along and helped.
“I think one of the members of staff had never seen a live chicken and a lot of the children have not have an opportunity to see live animals and had the chance to care for an animal.
“It teaches them a lot and ties in with healthy living and the eco schools agenda.”
There are eight chickens and the young chicken monitors come out every morning to make sure the birds have feed and water and a clean environment – as well as checking for eggs.
The birds are looked after in the evenings, weekends and during the holidays by youngsters from the Kids’ Club.
Luci was delighted after receiving 50 responses to an appeal for families with children at the school to come forward and help.
Ambitions for the kitchen garden are modest during the first year. The children are going to grow the salad leaf rocket as an initial project. In the long run it is hoped they will grow fruit and vegetables for use in the school kitchen.
And from May 16, the school will host a farmers’ market on every third Saturday in the month where local traders and, eventually, the school will sell their wares. Ten vendors have been secured so far but more are sought.
And B&Q in Sealand Road, Chestyer, has donated ‘a buddy bench” for the school after receiving a request from seven-year-old Maddie Macdonald, who started at the school in October and was concerned about making friends.