Our Patron, Leslie Tobin Bacon has been involved in the Edible Playgrounds initiative from the start, supporting it and seeing how we have successfully delivered Edible Playgrounds across the Country. The Nicholas Bacon Charitable Trust has generously supported the Edible Playground Programme.
I am acutely aware of why we need more Edible Playgrounds in schools – children disconnected from nature, not understanding where their food comes from; poor diets lacking fresh vegetables and fruits but laden with fats and sugar; and the disintegration of the family society. Edible Playgrounds is a way to encourage, involve and educate children at an early age – helping them make healthier choices which stays with them in their adult lives. I urge you to join me in supporting this initiative.
With support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which has awarded £249,180 in funding, we will create 10 Edible Playgrounds in primary schools in London, Liverpool, Reading, and Manchester. These projects will become flagship projects in cities where there are high levels of childhood obesity and food poverty.
Take a look at our first Dream Fund school, Berrymede Junior School in Ealing, who launched their Edible Playground in October 2015 thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Lubna Khan, Head Teacher says, “Our children now have hands on access to planting, growing, nurturing and eventually eating the produce. This has had a tremendously positive impact not only our healthy living agenda but also on the curriculum”.
I’m delighted that Edible Playgrounds has won Dream Funding through support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. I’ve put my name to Edible Playgrounds because this innovative programme gives children the opportunity to grow, cook and eat healthy food. I believe that the health of our children is the most important issue facing us today. It’s brilliant to be involved and see the difference it makes to kids in inner city schools.
Chefs Adopt a School is a national charity which sends chefs into schools to deliver food education to children from where food comes from and how it is grown, through to how to cook it. The programme covers taste, healthy eating, nutrition and hygiene as well as the recently added Front of House session.
Through the Dream Fund, Chefs Adopt a School will deliver three cooking sessions with local chefs for each of the flagship projects (one session per term per school) and establish a partnership between schools and their local chef.
The Food Growing Schools: London partnership brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food. Garden Organic is working together with partners, Capital Growth, Food for Life Partnership, Morrisons (Let’s Grow), Royal Horticultural Society, School Food Matters and Trees for Cities. Funded by The Mayor’s Office and the Big Lottery Fund, the project aims to cultivate young people’s love for learning, and hunger for knowledge, and develop supportive local communities through food.
School Food Matters mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. To achieve this, School Food Matters works with schools to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and links with local farms.
‘School Food Matters’ will register each of the flagship schools for their 3-year membership, through which they will deliver food education, enterprise and events. School Food Matters will work with each school to achieve their first Food for Life Award.
BeyondMe on Caffeine are a group of young professionals who have teamed up with Trees for Cities in 2015 to help communicate the impact of the Edible Playgrounds programme. The team will be working in close partnership with TfC to analyse the brand, review and refine the key messaging, and provide some expertise PR support.
Healthy Schools London is an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London that supports and recognises school achievements in pupil health and wellbeing.Healthy Schools London focuses on the whole child and gives schools a framework for their activity with pupils, staff and the wider community. HSL encourages work around emotional health and wellbeing, healthy weight including promoting physical activity and healthy eating and Personal Social Health & Economic Education (PSHEE). Currently 62% of all London schools are involved (1438).
Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project is now available to schools through the Food for Life school award programme. It empowers primary school teachers to integrate growing and cooking into the school day by teaching children about food, where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. Their resources and recipes equip children with the knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch, as well as forming positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.
We have collaborated at Rotherfield Primary School and St Paul’s Primary School to help the schools develop teaching kitchens and integrate cooking into the school curriculum.
Oliver Wyman have provided Trees for Cities invaluable pro-bono support through the development of the Edible Playgrounds Feasibility Report in 2014; this essential piece of research played a major role in helping TfC to evaluate the existing strategy, looking at the current position, external environment and financial.
Trees for Cities and PWC team Professionals are working together in 2015 to help take the Edible Playgrounds to the next stage of growth. The team will look at the external environment and analysis various models for national expansion, providing input to the charity’s strategic decisions. They are also running a peer review on the impact measurement processes to help ensure it provides schools, partners, funders and TfC with the most accurate and useful information on the impact of the projects and programme as a whole.
Reward Gateway’s employee engagement platform is a single place for employee benefits, reward and HR information and they know a thing or two about what good design looks like. Their CEO, Glenn Elliott, has been one of the trustees of Trees for Cities for 3 years so when we asked for support with marketing material Reward Gateway were happy to help, pro-bono of course.
Jamie Oliver Kitchen Garden Programme resources are now available through Food for Life