School receives funding for major vegetable growing project

Millions of British children encounter health problems by not eating vegetables and not getting enough exercise with the British Nutrition Foundation finding diet and lifestyle related illnesses cost the NHS £10 billion every year.

Listerdale Primary School children. Image: Supplied
Listerdale Primary School children. Image: Supplied

WildPlay has been working with Listerdale Primary School on a new project to deal with these issues by reconnecting local children with food production and their natural environment.

The school are developing part of their grounds into an outdoor learning and growing space for the pupils and the wider community to enjoy. The school's philosophy is that growing food can attract family involvement bridge gaps between age and ethnic groups, while providing an outdoor facility which the area currently lacks.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and has involved setting up a new mini allotment within the school grounds and further improving the grounds to increase biodiversity.

All the classes in the school now have their own plot and the opportunity to learn to grow, prepare, cook and enjoy a range of vegetables and fruits.

Listerdale's Susan Newsome said: "The whole school is really excited about the new venture. We hope all the children will develop an enthusiasm for their environment and experience the excitement and sense of achievement in growing their own food, leading to a greater appreciation of the natural world and a desire to protect it."

Wildplay is an outdoor learning and natural play catalogue recently launched by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Wildscapes.

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