Date of release: Thursday, June 14, 2018

A "seed bomb" workshop saw a London primary school join forces with a University of Greenwich landscape expert in a project which aims to restore original vegetation to the Kenyan desert.

Year five pupils from Middle Park Primary School in Eltham worked with Benz Kotzen, from the university's Department of Architecture & Landscape.

Together they made the bombs, which are packages made from teabags, tissue paper, jelly, and medicine capsules, each containing fertiliser and seed. They were then scattered in soil, where water gets in and the seed grows. Over the next few weeks the pupils will monitor the soil to see which system has worked the best.

Following this trial, the aim is for planes or drones to drop thousands of seed bombs in desert areas. This will allow animals to graze, thus helping the country's food crisis. A pilot study will be undertaken by Benz in Kitui in October.