An allotment-style project at Haworth Primary School has spawned a generation of green fingered gardeners and spread a healthy eating message into the community.

The scheme, which sees youngsters in every year group involved in growing their own fruit and vegetables, scooped Best School Community Project.

The Rawdon Road school was one of six chosen to pioneer the project in Yorkshire and Humber.

Pupils take cookery lessons using school produce, which also includes milk, eggs and bread, in the school’s kitchen classroom with the support of Bradford Council catering partners Facilities Management.

The project has also spread outwards into the community, with a series of events held for parents to promote healthy eating and culinary skills.

On receiving the award, head teacher Janet Parkinson said: “We are just absolutely over the moon.

“This project started seven years ago as a small seed in a school gardening club but now it’s a huge project.

“It’s impacted not only on the teaching at our school, it’s spread to many, many schools across the district. It’s through the tremendous team work, passion and dedication of everyone at the school that we have achieved this.

“It started with growing but it’s become so much more.”

Steve Thorpe, who set up the project, said: “I can’t believe it. It’s such a great achievement for the school. In the last year or so I have helped many other schools set up similar projects. There are so many children growing now I feel so proud to have helped them.”

And the project’s not just been recognised in the Bradford’s Best Awards. The school last year received a Food for Life award from Prince Charles, which only a handful of schools in the country have achieved.

The accolade recognises the good work being done in the school to promote healthy eating and food education.

Runners-up: Alhambra Project, Springwood Community Primary School