What is an Edible Playground?
As a partner of the Mayor of London‘s Food Growing Schools London partnership, Trees for Cities (UK registered charity) delivers the Edible Playgrounds programme, which transforms school grounds into vibrant teaching gardens, immersing children into a whole new world of growing and eating healthy, delicious food. With an Edible Playground at your school, your pupils will benefit from fun, engaging lessons that support the school curriculum, and create a greater sense of well-being and child led learning.
What is included?
The key activities that are included as part of the Edible Playgrounds project include:
- Site surveys, design and build of Edible Playground (with raised beds, fruit trees, a greenhouse, composting area, vertical planting, irrigation system, pupils’ tools and all compost and plants for the first growing season).
- Consultation and engagement with pupils, parents and teachers, including a whole school assembly with fruit and vegetable tasting.
- Training and staff support, including horticultural Train the Trainer sessions for up to three teaching staff.
- Bespoke management plan for your Edible Playground, developed with your school, with planting plans, to do lists, growing guides and curriculum links.
How do I know if my school is eligible for an Edible Playground?
- Schools with demonstrable need (e.g. high pupil premium)
- Schools with engaged leadership
- Budget or capacity to fundraise £10,000. A typical Edible Playground project costs £40,000 and schools are asked to make a contribution of £10,000. We will advise you on where best to access specific grants and funding. There is also the possibility of funding your contribution to the project through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (Sugar Tax funding).
How do I find out more?
For more details please look here: www.edibleplaygrounds.org
For an example of one of our projects please click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-40572626/primary-school-s-edible-playground-a-hit-with-pupils
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