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A green-fingered primary school pupil in Bishop's Stortford has turned her garden skills into cash for the town's food bank.

Keira Moyes, 10, who is in Tokyo class in Year 5 at Richard Whittington, used her blossoming horticultural skills to set up her Seeds for Change initiative.

The youngster spent months saving cosmos, foxglove, marigold, poppy and pepper seeds from grandma Maureen Smith's Park Avenue garden.

Keira Moyes spent months saving cosmos, foxglove, marigold, poppy and pepper seeds from grandma Maureen Smith's Park Avenue garden
Keira Moyes spent months saving cosmos, foxglove, marigold, poppy and pepper seeds from grandma Maureen Smith's Park Avenue garden

When she decided to sell them as part of harvest festival celebrations and give the proceeds to Bishop's Stortford Food Bank, her teacher Emma Blackborrow backed the plan.

Proud mum Catherine, a senior model-maker at Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London, explained: "Richard Whittington had already adopted the food bank as its charity for Christmas term, so they turned Keira's idea into a school-wide initiative by asking every class to design their own packets and a few seeds were put in each to sell.

"With help from two of her friends, Edie Slight and Isabel Phipps, they visited every class and raised £147 for the food bank."

Keira's Seeds for Change idea was turned into a school-wide initiative, with every class being asked to design their own seed packets
Keira's Seeds for Change idea was turned into a school-wide initiative, with every class being asked to design their own seed packets

Keira has inherited her green fingers and love of gardening from her grandmother Maureen and already has her own mini greenhouse. She enjoys growing her own plants and vegetables to serve to her mum, dad Chris – an associate director for Gallagher Insurance Brokers – and little brother Jack, 7, who is Wellington class in Year 3 at Richard Whittington.

Keira, a keen swimmer and member of 7th Bishop's Stortford Guides, also grows treats for her guinea pigs Mushroom and Nibbles.

The keen model-maker, who is busy rehearsing for the Young Voices mass choral concert to be held at London's O2 Arena in January, already has ambitious plans to expand her charity work in 2022.

She is continuing with her seed gathering and Catherine said: "As a keen cook, she is currently exploring the making of chutney and jams. Her idea is to gift, donate or sell some for charity in the future – she's calling it Ka-ching Chutney!"

Previously, Keira was one of a dozen Richard Whittington pals to take part in a VE Day 75 bounceathon via Zoom. The event in May last year raised £1,000 for Well Child charity.

Catherine said Keira's charitable instincts started early: "Her late grandad, David Smith, was mayor of Bishop's Stortford in 1977 and 1978, and her other grandad, Allan Moyes, of Marshbarns, Bishop's Stortford, is a Rotarian.

"Both are known for their efforts to serve the community, so she's grown up with positive influences which have led to her wanting to help others.

"She'd like to develop and grow her Seeds for Change initiative over the coming year. She'd be delighted if other local schools and keen gardeners adopted the scheme."



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