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Green fingers all round at Wilbury

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10 May 2017

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This week Wilbury Primary School in Edmonton got their gardening gloves on to highlight a unique project which encourages children to grow their own food.

  • Unique gardening scheme launched in Edmonton
  • Wilbury School teaching children how to grow their own food
  • ‘Garden Organic’ gives free advice and help to schools to get them started

This week Wilbury Primary School in Edmonton got their gardening gloves on to highlight a unique project which encourages children to grow their own food.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, visited the school to see for herself how the scheme encourages pupils to learn about the environment and horticulture.

Wilbury Primary School is one of 38 schools in the borough registered with the organisation ‘Garden Organic’ to be a Food Growing School. All schools can sign up, and membership means a whole host of free expertise showing teachers and pupils how to grow healthy, nutritious food in their school.

Garden Organic work with organisations such as the Soil Association, the Royal Horticulture Society, Trees for Cities and School Food Matters.

Pupils at Wilbury have been involved in gardening and food growing for many years now. Last year their efforts were rewarded with a Silver Gilt from London in Bloom, a Silver from Enfield in Bloom and Gold awards from the London Children’s Flower Society for their entries.

For several years now the school has also been a finalist in the ‘Scarecrow Competition’ at the Hampton court Flower Show and have been chosen again this year. This enables Wilbury to take some of the children to the show where they can view the exhibits and learn more about the importance of horticulture.

Each autumn all pupils and staff plant a variety of bulbs in the grounds both in class ‘plots’ as well as interesting shapes which include a large ‘W’ and a ‘60’ to celebrate the school’s 60th birthday.

The school garden and greenhouse allow all the children to grow a large amount of different fruits and vegetables and to learn about biodiversity. They also enjoy eating the produce!

Cllr Orhan said “It was wonderful visiting Wilbury School to see how much importance has been placed on growing your own food, exploring the health benefits of linking with nature and eating well from a young age. Many children think that fruit and vegetables come from a supermarket, and so find it fascinating watching how, sometimes from a tiny seed, such large plants grow. 

“Learning how to produce your own food is an important skill, and is part of our commitment to help all of our children reach their potential through quality education, skills and learning.”

To find out more about becoming a Food Growing School email Link