TASTY tatties were on the menu at Houston Primary as pupils celebrated winning the West of Scotland category of the Grow Your Own Potatoes Awards.

The school’s gardening club clinched the prize at the first time of asking after growing a pile of Saffiyah potatoes.

Launched in 2005, the competition now has more than two million children taking part every year, with the aim of teaching kids about where food comes from and how they can grow their own healthy produce.

And the learning continues, with the Houston kids now busy growing leeks for some warming home-made soup for the winter.

Deputy headteacher Gillian McPherson said: “We’ve had a gardening club for about three years now and we have always grown our own potatoes but this was the first time we entered the competition.

“The club is run by grandparents of the pupils, who are just amazing.

“Doing this competition was part of us getting our fifth Green Flag Award, which makes us an eco-school.

“The pupils were delighted to get their certificate. We want them to learn they can grow their own food and don’t have to go to a supermarket for everything.”

Along with the certificate, pupils received £100 in gardening vouchers.