Children spent the first day of their half term holiday learning how to grow and look after their own organic farm.

Fifteen kids, aged from four to 11, came to the South East Essex Organic Gardeners’ session to learn how to plant their own organic potatoes.

The event was held yesterday at Leigh Community Centre from 1.30pm until 3pm.

Children also enjoyed another outdoor activity, learning how to make their own pizza garden, during the session.

The session taught and encouraged children to embrace organic gardening and farming so they can learn and appreciate the environment.

Abbie Cotterell, from Leigh Town Council, said: “There were 15 kids all turned up in their gardening gear and they all had a great time.

“This was part of the town council’s half term activities. Teaching kids how to grow organic potatoes has been going on for the third year.

“We also have other activities this week. We have an arts and crafts, prehistoric playground where the children can meet the dinosaurs and learn more about them. We also have a story time session on Thursday.

“They have all been booked up, so I encourage parents to get your bookings in as soon as possible for our next activities so you don’t miss out.”

Leigh Farmers’ Market is at the centre this Friday from 9am to 1pm.