Any school with space in their playground should think about having an edible playground. In a year’s time when everything is growing up with strawberries and apples and veggies, it’s going to be fantastic and the children would have been responsible for that. You can see how happy they are already!
Each Edible Playground is built to suit you and the space available so there is no minimum or maximum size. As a rule of thumb, an Edible Playground typically includes raised beds, a greenhouse, composter and irrigation system but we can work with you to find out what would best suit your school, staff and pupils.
We run training sessions for a member of your school’s teaching staff. Practical subjects include planning, sowing, planting, harvesting and maintaining the Edible Playground which will give you the confidence and skills to ensure it’s an effective teaching resource all year round.
As well as training you in how to grow fruit and vegetables, we will help you to teach other subjects through the Edible Playground. It is about doing what you already do, but delivering it in a different way through the Edible Playground.
Consider appointing a “Growing Champion”. Our most successful projects are those where a member of the Leadership team has overall responsibility for embedding use of the Edible Playground across the school.
The cost depends on the size and type of Edible Playground you’re looking for. On average the cost is from £30,000 – £40,000, which covers design, consultation, construction, educational support and project management. We can help you work out the best solution for your available space and budget.
Your school will need to find the money for the initial development phase to cover the costs of consultation and design. Trees for Cities can also point you in the right direction for possible funding sources for the second phase of the project, (the build and educational support) and in most cases, we can provide some match funding.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting 10 schools over two years (2015/16 and 2016/17) in London and selected UK cities (including Liverpool, Reading, and Manchester), by match funding 50% of your school’s investment in an Edible Playground. If your school has more than 35% free school meal entitlement (pupil premium) and holds a Food for Life Catering Mark please contact firstname.lastname@example.org about this opportunity.
This short video shows the Edible Playground we created at Rotherfield Primary School. It gives a good illustration of what’s involved and how much the children get out of it.
The opportunity for your school, staff and pupils to grow together is just a phone call away! We’re happy to help in any way we can. Please email us or call 020 7820 4416 for more details or to arrange a meeting with the Edible Playgrounds team.