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Southwark schoolchildren sell local produce at Borough Market

Pupils from local primary schools raised more than £350 for charity when they sold herbs, tomatoes, salad leaves and fruit they had grown at their schools to Borough Market customers last week.

Southwark schoolchildren sell local produce at Borough Market
The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra, with some of the young market traders
Southwark schoolchildren sell local produce at Borough Market

The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Sunil Chopra and Rosie Boycott, chair of the London Food Board, were among the VIP guests who came to see the dozen young traders in action.

Chef Marcus Verberne from the market's Roast restaurant also dropped in to buy some local rhubarb.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the FareShare charity for its work tackling food waste.

The summer sale was the culmination of a partnership between Borough Market andthe School Food Matters charity.

With the help of funding fromUnited St Saviour's Charity, the programme started back in the spring when pupils were given training by Blue Peter gardenerChris Collins.

They were also taught some top trading techniques by market staff and traders.

Participating schools included Cathedral School and Charles Dickens Primary School.

"Our budding young gardeners have been working very hard tending their crops and learning exactly how food goes from seed, to marketplace, to plate," said Keith Davis, managing director of Borough Market.

• There is another opportunity to buy ultra-local produce at Borough Market on Saturday 19 July when gardeners from the Edible Bankside project sell their fruit and vegetables grown within a mile of the market.

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