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Families learn to grow and cook their own food as part of a healthy eating project

Pulling up old plants is part of the Dig for Dinner project Photo: ITV Border

It's 3.30 pm and a group of Brampton Primary School pupils are tucking into a snack huddled in a greenhouse in the Brampton Community Garden.

Parents and siblings are here, and so is the Deputy Headteacher Chris Armstrong. They're here as part of a healthy eating project called Dig for Dinner. Gardeners, led by Heather Tipler, are teaching the families how to grow their own food. Over the course of an hour they dig up plants, plant seeds and weed and carry out general maintenance.

Local gardeners teaching children about caring for plants Credit: ITV Border

Funding for the five week project has come from the NHS. it's thought to be the first of its kind in the area and is the second time this particular link up has been run. Once the time in the garden is up, everyone heads to the nearby Methodist Hall, where chef Michael Evans spends an hour showing them how to cook what they've made

Artichokes and herbs grown by the children being put on their pizza Credit: ITV Border

"People have got so far away from understanding where their food comes from and the children just love being in the garden. When the weather is good, all they want to do is get out their with a fork and dig up weeds and get their hands in the muck and they're so enthusiastic. They can weed a bed in half an hour!"

– Heather Tipler, Project Manager