Opportunity to get schools growing!

14 September 2018

National charity Trees for Cities have been running the successful UK wide Edible Playgrounds programme for nearly 10 years. The idea is simple and effective: to create food growing spaces in the schools that most need them and then support the schools in teaching through food growing.

The Edible Playground programme can help Sustainable Food Cities promote healthier food options and give children and school communities the opportunity to grow food. To date, over 75 Edible Playgrounds across UK cities have inspired hands on learning and have got thousands of children excited about growing and eating healthy food.

93% of Edible Playground teachers say the programme has had positive impacts on children’s attitudes to healthy eating. Kate Bulman, head teacher at Baguley Hall Primary School in Manchester aid of their Edible Playground: “This is teaching our children what growing our own food means in terms of health and wellbeing and also what it can mean for the sustainability and ecology of our planet”.

A typical Edible Playground includes raised beds made from durable treated oak, a greenhouse, shed, composting, seating, plants, seeds and a classroom’s worth of children’s gardening tools. A year’s worth of expert training and support for the school then ensures schools are fully equipped and confident to use the gardens to grow food and teach outside.

Thanks to Trees for Cities’ supporters such as corporate partner Bulb, the time has never been better for schools to sign up for an Edible Playground, as generous funding is currently available.

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Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

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