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West Yorkshire primary school students grow their own healthy food

Pupils at Bracken Edge Primary School in Leeds are learning how to grow their own nutritious ingredients, thanks to a new outdoor classroom and garden where they can grow fruit and vegetables.

The outdoor area was officially opened with a garden party, along with the New Shoots garden group.

The idea began in 2010 when a group of parents got together to plan an area where they could encourage schoolchildren to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. The group became known as New Shoots. A grant of £10,000 from Awards for All made the idea possible, with work starting in 2012 to clear a space that was not being utilised.

In 2013, the community garden began to take shape. New Shoots works with young children aged between three and 11 years old, with weekly sessions. The group is also eager to welcome those with existing growing skills, which they can use to pass on helpful tips to the pupils and others in the community. Donna Cutting, a member of the organisation, said:

“We wanted an area to inspire the children, staff and parents. A space that not only would offer opportunities to explore the natural world, but one that would celebrate the diverse and rich community of Bracken Edge Primary School.”

A healthy diet is an important factor in reducing child obesity levels in schools, with some institutions also introducing healthy tuckshop foods. Tyne and Wear is just one of the areas in the UK that is working hard to encourage nutritious meals and more exercise for children.

Posted by Jennifer
May 8, 2014

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