Task force set to unveil schools' food-growing strategy

The Food Growing in Schools task force, led by Garden Organic chief executive Myles Bremner, is due to report back in February.

The task force has looked at schools running growing schemes and found out what is preventing other schools starting schemes.

The members include writer Peter Seabrook, Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins; former England rugby union captain Lawrence Dallaglio, Garden Organic, the RHS, the Women's Institute and Morrisons supermarket.

Bremner said any recommendations had to balance funding restrictions with the desire to make "every school a food-growing school" as outlined in a Defra December 2010 report.

Bremner said private business was an important part of plans, with Morrisons and Sainsbury's working on schemes, while the RHS and Waitrose were looking to rollout the RHS campaign for schools gardening to all UK schools.

"The task force will look at the evidence and the solutions to ensure that no barriers exist to prevent any child from having the experience of growing food."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

How will reduced apple and pear harvests hit the industry?

How will reduced apple and pear harvests hit the industry?

This spring, many top-fruit growers in the UK and across Europe were dismayed to discover that swathes of their orchards had been hit by frost.

How should fruit growers prepare for water abstraction reform?

How should fruit growers prepare for water abstraction reform?

Upcoming reforms to water abstraction licensing will for the first time cap the amount of water that fruit growers can take for trickle irrigation.