Grassmoor Pupils Grow Their Way to Healthy Eating
Published Date: 31 July 2008
By Staff Copy
GREEN-FINGERED pupils are celebrating seeing their intergenerational allotment project come to fruition.
Youngsters from Grassmoor Primary School have been busy working alongside seasoned gardeners to learn about growing their own produce from scratch.
Derbyshire County Council and NE Derbyshire District Council provided funding for the project, which saw pupils learn about healthy living, take part in food tasting and produce an exhibition on their allotment work.
Anne Western, DCC’s children’s services chief, said: “This is a great example of an intergenerational project where all members of the community have come together.
“Thanks to the knowledge and experience of the older gardeners, the children have learnt all about producing healthy and tasty food from seed.
“We are keen to support projects that bring people together and promote healthy lifestyles.”
Over the past six weeks, 22 pupils have been taking turns caring for their school’s allotment under the experienced eye of members from the Grassmoor Allotments Society.
They also took part in a willow weaving workshop to make trellis and pyramids for growing runner beans.
Parents and children from the Grassmoor New Street Tots group also gave a helping hand, growing their own runner beans from seed to be planted in the allotment.
Christine Moorcroft, Grassmoor Primary School headteacher, said: “This successful intergenerational garden project is an excellent example of community partnership working.”
She added that the school and allotments society were fully committed to ensuring children continue to reap the benefits of growing and eating their own food.
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Last Updated: 30 July 2008 2:48 PM
Source: Derbyshire Times
N.B. Cllr Western is currently the DCC member for Barlborough and Clowne
(unless there is a boundary change before early 2009).