The children’s garden project running in partnership with Urban Roots has been running at the Stables for the past 3 years. This brings nursery and primary children up to the gardens on two days a week where they learn about plants/biodiversity and healthy eating. To promote healthy activity the children are ‘walked’ from their school and nursery and also encouraged to be active in the garden.
Between April and September this year the project had 310 participants with 146 new children using the garden. This year the project also ran a successful summer gardening club during the school holidays which encouraged children and their parents to come and work in the garden. There was also a regular volunteer who helped in the garden.
The children are encouraged to plant seeds and plants, transplant seedlings care for the plants and harvest, cook and eat the produce. Children have tasted a variety of herbs, pea shoots, spinach, rocket, soft fruits, turnip, beetroot and have even learnt how to make healthy chips!