Following a survey carried out in 2016, we found that not all children have access to a garden at home. Others do not have the opportunity to take part in gardening but would very much like to do so. Following feedback from children and staff, we agreed that an allotment area would be a fantastic resource for the children.
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Our main hurdle in putting our plan into action, was funding. With a limited budget, creating an allotment area seemed impossible. However, we wrote several applications to various organisations for help with our project and were over the moon to hear back from two wonderful companies that we had been successful in our funding requests.
The Ernest Cook Trust is a charity dedicated to outdoor learning. They offer a wide range of learning opportunities to children and young people directly and have also set aside funds to help others do this too. They have donated a whopping £2500 to Nightingale Primary School to use for the allotment area to purchase really important materials and equipment to help establish the area. So far we have purchased seeds, strawberry plants and planters, gloves and watering cans for the children, a large outdoor trolley, canes, a weather station, planters to go in the new polytunnel and soil to fill these. We will also be purchasing some seating / tables for the allotment area shortly for the children to work at.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme has seen three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Further information can be found on the Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
The public voted in store to decide which local groups should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards, 2,421 organisations from Tesco’s 400 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund. We were incredibly lucky that the public voted for us to receive £10,000. The funds from Tesco is currently being used to purchase a Polytunnel as an outdoor classroom, large wooden planters for the children to grow their crops, and outdoor all weather surfacing to enable the children to access the area all year round.
If you would like to help us to develop our allotment area, help at an after school gardening club, give some gardening advice or help care for the allotment during the holidays, we would love to hear from you.