We’re building a network of Edible Playgrounds around the UK, each one exciting young people about healthy eating and getting active outdoors.
We work with schools to find out what the teaching staff, pupils and parents want from the Edible playgrounds, draw up a plan – then advise schools in how to raise the funds to make the playground a reality.
We help design and create Edible Playgrounds and offer support and advice for a year after a playground is installed.
Cubitt Town Junior School is an above average sized junior school in Tower Hamlets with 369 pupils on roll. Pupils are happy, friendly, well behaved and they love learning, despite some significant life barriers. Over 50% of children at the school are entitled to Free School Meals, which is significantly higher than the UK average.
The school had a sizeable green play area which was largely underused, so we created an Edible Playground that would enhance school learning and include food growing, food education. cooking and healthy eating.
Robyn Bruce, Head Teacher at Cubitt Town Junior School said:
My main aim is to provide my pupils with a quality green space, but also to get parents involved in looking after the space and using the food grown. We want our school community to get their hands dirty and enjoy being outside! Having an Edible Playground will help us move forward in our quest to reach gold in the award marks – specifically, Healthy Schools, Advanced Extended Schools and the Science Quality Mark”.
This project is kindly supported by Tower Hill Trust.
Southern Road Primary School is a larger than average primary school of nearly 700 pupils, including a nursery. The school serves a multi-cultural and multi-faith community with over thirty different languages represented within the pupil population.
The school has a strong passion to get children outside and learn about how to be healthy, while linking this with other areas of the curriculum.Over the years the school has been developing their school grounds, in which they already have areas to exercise. They have a small orchard on the school grounds, so creating an edible playground is the next logical step for the school.
By transforming an area of their school yard into an Edible Playground the school will enhance learning and health, including food growing, cooking and healthy eating, food education and enterprise.