Trees for Cities’ Edible Playgrounds
Could your school be home to the next Edible Playground in Birmingham?
National charity Trees for Cities’ Edible Playgrounds programme has been running for 10 years, inspiring hands-on learning and getting thousands of children excited about growing and eating healthy food. Now keen to work with Flagship schools, ideally based in cluster areas of Birmingham, they are asking any interested schools to get in touch.
Through Edible Playgrounds, school grounds are transformed into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens, helping improve health and wellbeing and providing a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching. The teaching gardens are built with durable treated oak and other features including a greenhouse, shed, composting, seating, plants, seeds and a classroom’s worth of children’s gardening tools. The full programme includes design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year, building teachers’ skills and confidence to use their teaching gardens in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.
Thanks to Trees for Cities’ supporters such as corporate partner Bulb, the time has never been better for schools to sign up for an Edible Playground, as generous funding is currently available for suitable schools.
What schools are eligible for the programme?
- Where pupils are more disadvantaged, likely to face barriers to healthy lifestyles or access to green space
- Those with a demonstrable commitment from the senior leadership
- A school with at least 100m2 of sunny outdoor space (half the size of a tennis court) on level soft ground or tarmac (not concrete)
What does the project involve?
- An outdoor teaching garden constructed from treated and lined raised beds, archways for vertical growing, an outdoor classroom with whiteboard, fruit trees, plants and tools for the pupils, a greenhouse and composting area with wormeries
- School engagement such as a whole school assembly with fruit and veg tasting for all the pupils, all staff briefing and an opportunity for parents to get involved
- Teacher training over a full growing season, on the ground support and a bespoke management plan
How much does it cost?
- Most of the cost is funded by Trees for Cities’ funders – Dorothy Perkins and Bulb. Schools are expected to contribute £5,000, which is a third of the cost.
- Schools typically fund their contributions through Pupil premium, Sports Premium, infrastructure budgets or special grants.
Please see our website for more information, case studies and our flyer: https://www.treesforcities.org/our-work/edible-playgrounds
How do we express interest or find out more information?
- Please call, email Helen Marriott (helen[at]treesforcities[dot]org ) (07591 387267) or complete a contact form https://www.treesforcities.org/our-work/edible-playgrounds/express-your-interest to express interest.
- We will then get back to you to discuss your school and the potential for a project.