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Newham kids charity trip to teach path from farm to food

PUBLISHED: 10:54 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 18 December 2017

More than 140 pupils from Newham are booked to stay on one of Farms for City Children’s farms in the next academic year. Picture: Farms for City Children

More than 140 pupils from Newham are booked to stay on one of Farms for City Children’s farms in the next academic year. Picture: Farms for City Children

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More than 100 Newham schoolchildren will spend a week on a farm for a charity scheme founded by children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

Around 140 pupils are booked to stay on one of Farms for City Children’s plots in the next academic year.

The project allows children aged eight to 11 to live and work together in the countryside, learning about where their food comes from and the benefits of fresh air and exercise.

Each year 1,800 kids in London visit the charity’s three farms in Devon, Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire. Many come from disadvantaged backgrounds, have special educational needs or behavioural or language problems.

Actress Joanna Lumley, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and TV presenter Kate Humble have all served as vice presidents for the charity, which Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded more than 40 years ago.

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