Three edible playgrounds get the go-ahead

2000 children from four schools will have the opportunity to get growing thanks to the People's Postcode Lottery and Trees for Cities.

Edible Playground. Image: Supplied
Edible Playground. Image: Supplied

The charity will create 'Edible Playgrounds' at The Palmer Primary Academy in Reading and Baguley Hall Primary School in Manchester, with the third to be shared by Croydon's Meridian High School and Fairchildes Primary School.

Edible Playgrounds transform areas in school grounds into vibrant outdoor spaces that excite and teach children about growing and eating healthy food. They aim to help tackle obesity, food poverty and lack of access to nature head on, and provide a platform for fun and engaging lessons that support the school curriculum.

The edible playgrounds will be designed specifically for each school, but elements include raised beds for growing salads, root vegetables, brassicas soft fruits and herbs, fruit trees, a green house and a composting area. 

Pupils will enjoy planting and harvesting workshops throughout the year, asn well as cooking lessons and food education programmes outside school. Teachers will receive support to teach outdoors through gardening.

The programme is a partnership between Trees for Cities, School Food Matters and Chefs Adopt a School to create 10 Edible Playgrounds in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Reading.

Trees for Cities chief executive Sharon Johnson said the group has developed more than 25 edible playgrounds, supporting more than 10,000 students across the UK. 

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