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.
- 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.
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.