Britain’s annual pea harvest takes place each year from June to August. It is the busiest part of the season for the UK pea industry. The Eastern Seaboard is traditionally Lincolnshire’s pea growing hotspot, mainly due to its maritime climate which, combined with the soil and planting conditions, is the perfect environment for growing superior quality peas. It is home to some 700 pea growers and farmers, stretching from Suffolk right up to Dundee.
To celebrate Great British Pea Week, there was the Yes Peas! campaign event. Two classes of pupils from a Boston West Academy were helping Stephen Francis, managing director Fen Peas, at one of the company’s fields in Kirton.. Fen Peas has 200 fields across the county – stretching from Friskney on the east coast to Beaver Castle and Navenby in the north of the county, Horncastle and Coningsby, and Deeping and Bourne in the south.
"It’s so nice to see children in the field – these days we harvest using machines, but this is wonderful,” he said.
Teacher Jade Brockington was one of the members of staff from Boston West Academy who went along to the field with 28 children from the Foundation stage. As the children carried on picking, she said: “They have been absolutely buzzing to come here. I think there is a competition to see who can pick the most. From our point of view the visit has worked well with our learning outdoors.”