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National Harvest Service

20th October 2014

The Duchess of Cornwall attends the British Food Fortnight's 'National Harvest Service' at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.

The Duchess of Cornwall attends the British Food Fortnight's 'National Harvest Service' at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.


Today The Duchess of Cornwall attended the British Food Fordnight's 'National Harvest Service'. Schoolchildren from across the country presented boxes of harvest produce, which they had grown themselves at Birmingham Cathedral.

On arrival Her Royal Highness was met by the Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle and other dignitaries including the Bishop of Birmingham, The Right Reverend David Urquhart before the service commenced.

Other well-known people who attended the Service include Chris Collins, Blue Peter Gardener, Olivier Blanc, son of Raymond Blanc and Glynn Purnell, the owner and chef at Purnell’s, one of Birmingham’s Michelin starred restaurants.

After the Service The Duchess of Cornwall met with schoolchildren, along with their harvest boxes and people involved in the Service.


 

The Duchess of Cornwall views a selection of goats and sheep after attending the British Food Fortnight's 'National Harvest Service' at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.

The Duchess of Cornwall views a selection of goats and sheep after attending the British Food Fortnight's 'National Harvest Service' at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.

The National Harvest Service (harvest festival service) is being held as part of British Food Fortnight’s campaign to rekindle the tradition of celebrating the Harvest. British Food Fortnight is the annual celebration of the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces, and was launched by The Duchess of Cornwall in 2010.

The National Harvest Service was first held at Westminster Abbey in 2014; it is now firmly established on the National calendar and will be held in a different location each year. To take part, schools from Birmingham and across the country were invited to submit an application to design and create a Harvest Box filled with home-grown and home-cooked goodies.

Nineteen schools and one home-educator group - some 380 children and teachers - were chosen to attend the Service, with groups joining from as far afield as Ipswich, and Devon. All the schools will bring with them harvest boxes that will be filled with produce they have grown or made. The Boxes will take centre stage at the celebration as they present their finished Boxes.

Among them is the Birmingham-based Oval Primary School, who is a long-term participant in British Food Fortnight. The children have been growing a variety of potatoes and root vegetables on their allotments and have taken inspiration from local landmarks in the design of their Harvest Box. West House School will be attending in collaboration with the award winning restaurant, Opus in Cornwall Street, Birmingham. Children from the School have visited Opus’ fruit and veg supplier, Worcester Produce, to learn about and collect food to include in their Box.