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A dream come true for Charlotte Sharman Primary School

Charlotte Sharman Primary School, located in the heart of Elephant & Castle, had been looking at ways to promote healthy lifestyles to their pupils and upgrade their large playground area which contained only a few potted plants and some little-used play equipment.

That dream is set to become reality! Thanks to funding from players of Peoples Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, Trees for Cities will transform areas of Charlotte Sharman’s playground into a vibrant outdoor space that will excite and teach children about growing and eating healthy food. It will also provide teachers with a platform for fun and engaging lessons that support the school curriculum.

As part of the project, the pupils will also enjoy hands-on cooking lessons from Chefs Adopt a School and access to food education programmes outside the school gate via charity School Food Matter’s Membership for Schools. School Food Matters will also support Charlotte Sharman Primary to achieve their first Food for Life Award.

Check out some what our Chief Executive, Charlotte Sharman’s Head Teacher and our funders: Peoples Postcode Lottery have to say about it…

David Elliott, Chief Executive at Trees for Cities said  “With 37 per cent of children between ages of 5 – 12 not eating enough every day and 20 per cent obese on leaving primary school, more and more schools are now educating their children on how food is grown and on making healthy eating choices”.

Emma Morrogh-Ryan, Head Teacher at Charlotte Sharman said “The Charlotte Sharman community wanted to further develop pupils understanding of healthy lifestyles as well as enhancing the school environment. Edible Playgrounds provides the opportunities for children to grow and eat their own produce supporting our Silver Healthy Schools status alongside the science curriculum as well as providing a vibrant space for social interactions developing a love of the outdoors.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said “It’s been a year since Trees for Cities won the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, walking away with £249,180, and it is wonderful to see the positive impact the funding is having on schools. The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver their dream project and it is great to see the Edible Playgrounds project no longer be a dream but now a reality.”