Pupils get into the spirit with pumpkin field trip
A group of Devon schoolchildren made a special visit to the pumpkin field of a popular Westcountry attraction.
The Year 2 class from Clyst St Mary Primary travelled by tractor and trailer to a secret location in the East Devon countryside to explore the 2013 crop of pumpkins being grown for Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park.
Chris Down, managing director of Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park, talked the children through the process of planting the seeds, looking after the flowering plants, and the transition from flowers to pumpkins. His lesson continued with details of the care and attention that must be applied to help the pumpkins grow. He said: "We feel it is important for children to learn about their local area and its farming community as well as the exciting things that happen at Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park around Halloween."
Following the short lesson on pumpkin growing, local farming, and harvesting, each child was allowed to select their own pumpkin from the field to take away with them.
Class teacher Charlotte Ellis said: "This has been a fantastic experience for the children and we'd like to thank Chris Down and his Crealy team for this opportunity and we do hope that we can do this again next year."
Crealy is kick-starting its Halloween festivities this half term with a selection of "spooktacular" activities and events.