Potato bus reaches 15,000th child on board milestone

Posted: 15 April 2016
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Pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Nottinghamshire received a visit from Billy Branston’s Amazing Potato Factory on Friday 15th April. This visit was extra special as one of the children was the 15,000th visitor on board the Billy Branston bus since its launch in September 2014.

The Billy Branston initiative features a double decker bus that has been renovated into a fully functioning mobile classroom. The bus provides a full range of hands-on activities to teach children how potatoes are planted, harvested and packed. 

James Truscott, managing director, commented:

“From the very beginning of the Billy Branston Potato Factory initiative our aim has been to communicate how great potatoes are and how they can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. We couldn’t be happier to have reached such a huge milestone and the response from students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive over the course of the tour.”

Chloe Lewis, class teacher at St Joseph’s stated:

“The bus was very interactive and the children loved it. The staff were really friendly and there was loads to do on board. We’re delighted that one of the children at our school was the 15,000th on board, it really added to what was a great, informative visit for the children.”

The Billy Branston tour runs in conjunction with Tesco Eat Happy Project that aims to teach children where their food comes from. All activities on the bus have been tailored to fit into the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 with a particular focus on nutrition and healthy eating.

The bus is fully booked by primary schools across the country for the remainder of this academic year, but Branston are compiling a waiting list for the 2016/17 year. If your school is interested in taking part, please get in touch with billy@branston.co.uk. There is more information about the tour and photos online at www.billybranston.com.