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Pupils turn city school playground into a delicious fruit and vegetable garden

Tower Hamlets pupils cooked up a veritable feast for their school community and special visitors, from produce they had grown for the official opening of their edible playground project.

The children created canapes and dips from the fruit and vegetable garden they have cultivated themselves.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, was on hand to open the edible playground spaces. He said:

“Helping local children grow their own nutritious food can bring so many benefits to their health and well being and it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic and involved the children were in this project. I’m also happy to say it all tasted fantastic – a real tribute to their new found skills”.

Officially launched on Friday, the project is designed to provide schools in urban areas the opportunity to grow food in their playgrounds.

Students unveiled their eye-catching orange honeycomb trellised fruit and vegetable garden, abundant with seasonal school-grown herbs, salads and vegetables; in addition to a multifunction outdoor classroom area and impressive nature garden, rich in diverse urban wildlife.

Dela Foster, Development Manager at School Food Matters, said “We are very pleased to have assisted Manorfield Primary School with their Bronze Food For Life Award submission. On the journey to apply for their award the pupils have become more involved with decision-making about both lunchtimes and the direction that food education will take in the school.”

The new interactive outdoor space has transformed the way pupils learn about food origins and has provided an opportunity to explore healthy eating through seasonal planting and harvesting lessons throughout the year. Manorfield Primary’s Edible Playground has also enriched the way pupils are taught about all core curriculum classes: integrating Literacy, Science and Math into the space.

The first Edible Playground was created in the UK in 2003, and the scheme has now expanded with more than 30.

– Press realise

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