Belazu Edible School Gardens
Three cheers for Belazu volunteers who have spent this week building an edible school garden at a primary school in Northolt.
This is the first stage of an exciting longterm project supporting two primary schools to develop food growing gardens on their grounds, encouraging outdoor learning and helping children better connect to the food they eat.
Under the watchful eye of Cultivate, a social enterprise working to engage their local community in food growing, volunteers from Belazu spent two days transforming an unloved corner of the school grounds. Armed with loppers and secateurs the volunteers cleared swathes of brambles to release hidden fruit trees and make room for a new compost bay. Once the turf was removed Team Belazu found excellent soil and were able to build four large raised beds. A local tree surgeon kindly dropped off a big pile of woodchip to mulch the area, before finishing off with some lovely manure to prepare the new garden for planting.
Over the next couple of weeks, the children at Willow Tree Primary will come together to plant spring bulbs and winter vegetables as part of a big push from the school to integrate outdoor learning into the curriculum. The new raised beds will be used to teach science to all year groups, and encourage more young people to get involved in gardening club.
All teachers and staff at the school will receive regular training sessions from Cultivate to learn how to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, maintain the garden over the year, and better incorporate gardening activities in their teaching.
Huge thanks to the staff at Belazu. Our wonderful partnership over the past three years has resulted in hundreds of local children benefitting from programmes that will help them to lead happy and healthy lives.
In other news ...
Food for Life has released the latest State of the Nation report.
School Food Matters welcomes the news that the Government has announced £11.8m in funding for a one year extension to the National School Breakfast Programme.