When they asked for space to grow some plants they didn’t expect it would be taken literally.

Pupils at Lindley Junior School are growing rocket from seeds sent from the International Space Station, courtesy of British astronaut Tim Peake.

The Rocket Science project was launched as part of a nationwide experiment organised by the Royal Horticultural Society to see whether zero gravity conditions in space will affect how the seeds grow.

The school have been given two seed packets coloured red and blue to grow alongside each other.

One of the packets has been sent to the ISS in a capsule, while the other hasn’t - but no-one knows which packet is which.

Lindley Juniors space seeds project - Mason Seymour, Shanae Thornton-Kelly, Mia Roys, Lee Brook and Finlay Weavill.

Year 5 teacher Matthew Bottom said: “It’s fantastic to get involved in the general Tim Peake hype.”

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Matthew said the project has renewed the childrens’ interest in space and science.

“We applied to take part in the experiment because we thought it would give the school a glimpse of how the wider world works.”

Lindley were one of thousands of schools in the UK selected to take part, and began by planting the seeds.

Matthew said: “This experiment is so much more exciting than normal class experiments because no-one knows what the result will be.

Lindley Juniors space seeds project.

“We are just really glad to see the children get excited about science, there has been a real buzz in the air at school.”

The pupils now have five weeks to monitor how the seeds grow and feed back their results to the RHS, who will then disclose which seed batch were sent to space.

The RHS have joined with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency to get the project off the ground, while the Lindley children were given trays and compost by Wyevale Garden Centre in Birchencliffe Hill Road.

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The result from the experiment will provide valuable information on growing produce in space in the future, according to Dr Libby Jackson from the UK Space Agency.

She said: “At the moment astronaut food is freeze dried and not very exciting. We would like to have astronauts growing their own food.”

Lindley Juniors space seeds project - Zara Ali, Hannah Gage, Tanisha Davies-Jackman, Jayden Leader, Muhmmad Sohail and Finlay Brennan.