This project was awarded £10000 by the OneFamily Foundation. View all winners

Growing Together

(West Sussex)

The Poly Tunnel classroom will be where inquisitive minds can enjoy putting the land to work and experience the thrill of watching nature work its wonders right through the year. This will benefit school children, teachers, families, and the local community through exploring and discovering how and why things grow and sampling the end produce.

Our goals:

  • Access to the outdoors; encouraging children and other community groups to work together to value and enjoy nature. To build a sense of place and improve mental health and well being through interaction with each other and the natural environment.
  • Food for life, our programme is about making good food the easy choice for everyone, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and emphasising the importance of well-sourced ingredients.
  • Community Links; to open our gates to the wider community to involve them in sustainable living & life long learning. It will encourage respect between the generations & provide opportunity to witness the interdependency of the community as a whole.
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How we will achieve our goals

This award would allow the purchase, clearance & installation of a Poly Tunnel. Along with potting tables, raised beds, seeds, gardening tools, educational materials & specialist visitors. With access to these we can create an environment to encourage enthusiasm, a positive attitude & a responsibility towards both nature and the local community.

Where the money will go

415 children aged 4-12 will access the project along with their families, staff & the wider community. All are encouraged to engage, share knowledge & resources. Children will get involved with other schools, the local food movement through meeting farmers, grocers & whole food producers who will be brought together to support the local market.

Latest updates

Re-purposing our space.

31 August 2017

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

This Polytunnel project is of great impo…

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Lets keep sharing

23 August 2017

Thank you so much for your votes. The children's wish for turning an unused corner of the schoo…

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    This will be an amazing achievement for the school that can help build strong links with the parents and the wider community.

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    I feel it will be good for the children to get involved with planting, growing and tending to the Vegetables /plants and this will enhance the learning experience and provide the children with a greater understanding , and hopefully healthier food choices as they grow up .

  3. Posted on August 11, 2017

    This will have a positive impact on the children and their families promoting health and sustainability.

  4. Posted on August 12, 2017

    This would be a fantastic opportunity for the children to have some lessons outside, learning about plants and nature and where food comes from. The poly tunnel and other equipment would benefit the children and community for many years to come.

  5. Posted on August 23, 2017

    It would be so wonderful if this project could go ahead. We just know that the school and wider community would benefit greatly from this Poly Tunnel. Thank you for your support.

  6. Posted on September 1, 2017

    A wonderful opportunity for the children and the wider community to become involved in an outdoor learning project concerned with sustainable living that will benefit all for many years to come.

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