THE woman closest to the most powerful man in the country made an official visit to Hillingdon open a kitchen garden and plant a tree. Sarah Brown, wife of Prime minister Gordon Brown, was at Stockley Academy, in Park View Road, Yiewsley last Tuesday, to the surprise of students who did not know who their special guest would be.
Sarah Brown said: "Stockley Academy's kitchen garden is off to a great start with tomatoes, beans and potatoes and I was so pleased to be able to plant an apple tree in it."
The kitchen garden will be the source of home grown produce for the food technology department and the academy canteen.
Rebecca Harris, Wasim Ali, and Brandon Coomes, students from the year seven creating writing group, said: "It was an amazing opportunity to meet someone as famous as Mrs Brown, she was very tall and very nice, we felt proud that she came to visit our academy."
Ian Storey, principal of Stockley Academy gave Mrs Brown a guided tour, where she saw watched a performance by the Rock Challenge dance troupe, and was interviewed live on Stockley Academy radio.
She also congratulated the Academy and presented them with an award for their recycling, with the carbon emissions they have saved equating to taking 60 cars off the road for a year.