Stamford Hill Primary School cook up a healthy home-grown feast
Friday 16 June 2017
Stamford Hill Primary School celebrated the official launch of their Edible Playground today by cooking up a feast for their school community with produce they have grown.
The Edible Playground was officially opened by Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Leader of Haringey Council and Leader of London Councils; as pupils served canapés and conducted tours of their inspirational green space which sits within the heart of the school grounds.
The Haringey school, which is one of ten flagship projects for the Edible Playground programme - an initiative by national charity, Trees for Cities - unveiled their inspirational fruit and vegetable garden with raised beds and trellis archways abundant with herbs, salads and vegetables forming an outdoor classroom, and a nature garden rich in wildlife.
The aim of the new interactive outdoor space is to educate children about where their food comes from, and learn through planting and harvesting lessons throughout the year. Stamford Hill’s Edible Playground, has enriched the way pupils are taught about all core curriculum classes: including Literacy, Science and Math.
Cllr Claire Kober said:
It was great to be at the launch of Stamford Hill Primary School’s truly brilliant edible playground, and to meet all of the children and staff who have got this project off the ground. This is an excellent example of encouraging children at a young age to learn why healthy eating is important, and for them to play a really active role in looking after their own wellbeing.
Kathy O Sullivan, Head Teacher, said:
Our families live in overcrowded conditions with shared kitchens and bathrooms and levels of deprivation are high. We have been working hard to help our students become more active, eat healthy school meals and learn to cook. Our Edible Playground is already helping us engage parents in these activities moving us further towards our goal of achieving both a Leading Parent Partnership Award and our Food for Life Award.
Thanks to nearly £250,000 Dream Funding made available from the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery over the past two years, Trees for Cities - and their programme partners, Chefs Adopt a School, and School Food Matters - have worked with 10 schools in London, Liverpool, Reading and Manchester. By instilling healthy eating habits at an early age, they 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. An Edible Playground typically includes raised beds, a greenhouse, wormery, all soil, plants and fruit trees, tools for students and an irrigation system.