Children from Baguley Hall primary school in Wythenshawe, Manchester had a surprise visit from one of the “Blue Peter” presenters, Barney Harwood yesterday.
The pupils at the school had all written letters to Blue Peter telling them what they had been learning and growing in their edible playground and the producers were so impressed that they decided to come to the school in person to deliver a well earned green “Blue Peter” badge to each pupil.
Following the excitement of having a “Blue Peter” presenter at their school, teachers and pupils were busy getting ready to officially open the garden in the afternoon. Pupils from Year 5 helped water plants and harvest garlic, beetroot and lettuces to be used for the canapés being served to parents and governors attending the launch.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded Trees for Cities and its partners – Chefs Adopt a School and School Food Matters, nearly £250,000 in Dream Funding to create ten edible playgrounds over two years in schools across the UK. Baguley Hall was one of the lucky ten schools to receive funding. Over the last ten months, all partners have been working in partnership with Baguley Hall primary school to bring together growing, cooking, and learning about the importance of eating healthy food.
Kate Bulman, Head Teacher at Baguley Hall Primary had this to say about their Edible Playground:
This is such an exciting project. In a matter of months a previously underused space in our school has been transformed into a vibrant hub of activity and outdoor learning. The children and staff are full of enthusiasm and the garden has provided a real stimulus for learning across the curriculum. Not only that, it is already providing produce for our kitchen! Salad items have been in our lunchtime salad bar for the last few weeks and we are very excited about our first batch of Baguley Hall home grown tomato salsa.
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