Edible Teaching Gardens
Planting, growing, harvesting, outdoor learning & mindfulness...
Westminster School Gardens
The Food Explorers were commissioned to design edible teaching gardens at College Park School, St Stephen's & St Peters Primary as part of a food growing pilot. The College Park School garden was created for special needs students including a sensory willow tunnel. St Stephen's brightly coloured rooftop garden inspired
students to plant vegetables and herbs to go along with their new fruit trees and bug hotels. At St Peters Primary, a large garden was created from a derelict space at the back of the school including raised beds for vegetables and herbs, a pond and an orchard of fruit trees and a shaded reading area for an outdoor classroom & mindfulness lessons. Click here for more information.
Opened: June 2017
Paddington Recreation Grounds
The Food Explorers opened an edible teaching garden in Paddington Recreation Grounds in Westminster in partnership with the Sayers Croft forest school. The garden is a sunny, open space with a pond, wildlife area, timber planters and oak raised beds planted with dwarf fruit trees, salads, herbs and berries. Lessons include identifying edible parts of the plant, pollination, planting seeds, germination, life cycles and cooking with herbs. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of local school children since opening last year.
Local primary schools interested in edible gardens should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Food Explorers partnered with the Holland Park Ecology Centre to open an Edible Teaching Garden. Along with the Mayor of RBKC, students from Fox Primary School picked radishes, released new earthworms into the garden and cut the ribbon as part of the ceremony. The teaching garden is planted with fruit trees, berries, herbs, vegetables and flowering perennials with an emphasis on native planting. The purpose of the new Edible Forest Garden in Holland Park is to teach school children:
Where food comes from, how it is grown and seasonality;
About ecology in the context of growing food (germination, pollination & food chains);
To try new flavours and ingredients, reflecting the diversity of the local population in what is grown; &
To be more adventurous, open to eating fruit and vegetables & help them make healthier choices.
Hundreds of local students regularly visit the teaching garden and enjoy its harvest. Click here for more information.
The Food Growing School Pilot
The Food Explorers partnered with RBKC Ecology as part of the School Food Growing Pilot to install & enhance Edible Teaching Gardens in a growing number of Primary Schools including: Oxford Gardens, St Charles, Fox Primary, Barlby, St Mary's Primary, Ashburnham Community School, St Mary Abbotts & Bevington Primary. The Food Explorers Week was run in these schools with a particular emphasis on planting and growing. Cookery classes were held using ingredients from the garden to further enforce the learning. Teacher training,
classes for students and garden upkeep are included through partners at the Hammersmith Community Gardeners. Opened: 2016
These school gardens enable young students at local schools with limited access to green space to gain practical experience of where food comes from and how it is grown. Research has shown that children who are involved in planting & grow food are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables & have greater knowledge about nutrition. They are also more likely to continue healthy eating throughout their lifetime.
Notting Hill Prep Primary School
A small square teaching garden was developed using existing timber planters and bench planters. Square timber trellis surround the garden beds to support climbing plants and give the garden a secluded feel with a timber gate for student access. Fruit trees & flowering perennials chosen to attract pollinators and culinary herbs to give the garden. A wonderful gardening teacher was sourced by the Food Explorers to run the gardening programme at the school. Opened: June 2016
Chepstow House School
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