This campaign is in its early stages in Evington. Nationally, the Royal Horticultural Society is encouraging and supporting all schools to develop and actively use a school garden. They provide start-up kits and registration schemes (www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening). Research shows that school gardening boosts child development, teaches life skills and make children healthier and happier.
The school chosen to represent Evington for the Britain in Bloom judging day is Linden Primary School. Linden Primary School are training two teachers to develop a ‘forest school’. It also has extensive grounds, including a woodland area, wildlife and pond area, a labyrinth garden, raised beds, som fruit trees and a wildflower meadow. They will be revamping the previous sensory garden area to make an edible garden. Linden has also benefitted from working in partnership with some Evington in Bloom volunteers and have provided a secure site for them. In return, Evington in Bloom volunteers have helped with maintenance and led some gardening sessions with children.
Watch this space for ways you can get involved with this campaign.