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Last Updated: Tuesday September 13 2005 18:00 GMT

'Cracking fruit and veg Gromit'

Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit are the stars of the latest campaign to persuade children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

The crackpot inventor and his extremely clever dog have been adopted by the government ahead of the release of their new film next month.

A competition has been launched for primary schools to design a garden in which they can grow their own veg.

The winning school will get their garden made for real - let's hope it's not made out of modelling clay though!

In their latest adventure the pair have to defend some local allotments against the curse of the mysterious "Were-rabbit" before a big vegetable growing competition.

One of the men behind the films, Peter Lord, said: "We hope Wallace and Gromit's enthusiasm and sense of fun will be an inspiration to kids of all ages to create their own vegetable plots and think about where their food comes from."

It's hoped the new scheme will encourage schools to take some of their lessons outside where pupils will learn more about how their food is grown.




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