GREEN-fingered pupils have been given a helping hand a by a housebuilder.

Hook Junior School youngsters have provided with a donation of a gardening kit from CALA Homes to encourage more children to get outdoors.

The school received gardening tools and accessories, including spaces, trowels, forks, leaf and soil rakes, and gloves.

Emily Smith, gardening club leader at Hook Junior School said: “We are thrilled with this kind donation from CALA Homes which is a great way to get the children more involved in gardening.

"Children can learn new skills, have fun and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden which is something we actively encourage.

"This new equipment will help get the children engaged with the school gardens as well as create a more attractive environment for everyone to enjoy.”

CALA Homes is building a development of two to five bedroom homes, Sheldons Reach, in Hook.

Nicki Dennis, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (South Home Counties) added: “Creating beautiful places to live is at the heart of what we do and gardens can play an important role in our sense of wellbeing.

"We hope this gardening kit donation will help encourage younger generations to get involved and develop a passion for gardening. We’re delighted to be able to support Hook Junior School and hope the children enjoy using the new equipment.”