GREEN fingered youngsters dug deep as gardening experts visited their school.

Pupils at Eagley Infant School were given outdoors lessons during a visit from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Year two pupils were treated to a gardening session by Anne Gunning, the RHS’s regional representative, as they were taught about the importance of soil and composting.

The afternoon’s activities included a lesson on the difference between organic and non-organic materials, after which each pupil was given a ‘rot pot’ to make their own compost.

Lynn Clarkson, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “It was pouring down — the only day it rained this week — but the children were out there in their rain coats and wellies digging around. They loved it.”

Eagley became an official partner school of the RHS last year, after achieving five star gardening school status in 2012 for its commitment to involving its pupils in gardening activities.

Mrs Gunning has visited the school a number of times over the course of the year, most recently in March, with this final session meaning she has now held composting sessions with every year group.

The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity and one of the largest in the world, serving to promote and encourage the practice of gardening across the country.