FOUR UK SCHOOLS GET THE GROW AHEAD FOR NEW EDIBLE PLAYGROUNDS

FOUR UK SCHOOLS GET THE GROW AHEAD FOR NEW EDIBLE PLAYGROUNDS

Children from four more schools will get the opportunity to get growing next year thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Meridian High School and Fairchildes Primary School in Croydon, The Palmer Academy in Reading and Baguley Hall Primary School in Manchester will each get an Edible Playground, as part of the People’s Postcode Lottery Edible Playground programme.

Edible Playgrounds transform areas in school grounds into vibrant outdoor spaces that excite and teach children about growing and eating healthy food.  By instilling healthy eating habits at an early age, they help tackle obesity, food poverty and lack of access to nature head on, and provide a platform for fun and engaging lessons that support the school curriculum. 

The edible playgrounds will be designed specifically for each school, but most will include raised beds for growing salads, root vegetables, brassicas soft fruits and herbs, fruit trees, a greenhouse and a composting area. Pupils and teachers will enjoy planting and harvesting workshops to get them started and through the project the school and the teachers are supported in taking their lessons outside.

The pupils will also get to enjoy hands-on cooking lessons from Chefs Adopt a School and have access to food education programmes outside the school gate via charity School Food Matter’s Membership for Schools.

Sharon Johnson, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities said:  “Edible Playgrounds show children how rewarding it is to spend time outdoors and get them excited about where their food comes from.  With 37 per cent of children between ages of 5 – 12 not eating enough every day and 20 per cent obese on leaving primary school, more and more schools are now educating their children on how food is grown and on making healthy eating choices”.

Martin Giles, Head teacher of Meridian High School said “Our School is a family.  That means, above all else, we help each other to learn, grow and improve now and always.  Just like our planned Edible Playground!”

Meridian High School and Fairchildes Primary School are two of Croydon’s Food Flagship Programme, supported by the Mayor of London. The schools are leading the way in inspiring and encouraging the communities of Croydon to grow and eat healthier foods.

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