As part of the new River Cottage series to the Core, Hugh has been working closely with The Woodland Trust to start a fruity revolution. The Woodland Trust donated 500 free packs of four fruit trees to schools, due to the overwhelming response the first lot of free trees were snapped up rather quickly. However, fear not, because Crowdfunder have stepped in to take the fruity revolution to the next stage.
Crowdfunder will work closely with schools to help match local businesses and backers to your project to help get your free trees too. By crowdfunding for fruit trees schools don’t need to pay but uses their closest community to help them raise the funds. Find out more about crowdfunding fruit trees.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “What an amazing response to Fruitshare! Our free trees were snapped up in a couple of hours, but this is only the start of our fruity revolution. There’s a simple way to get fruit trees for your school through crowdfunding. So get back on line and let’s keep going!”
We are giving schools all over the UK the opportunity to crowdfund for their trees. With a little help from friends, family, teachers and local businesses you too can get fruit trees growing in your school grounds.
Lipson Vale Primary School, Bosvigo School, Axe Valley School and Archbishop Benson C 0f E Primary School have all managed to get their hands on free trees too with the help of Francis Clark and the River Cottage canteens in Axminster and Plymouth. By crowdfunding your fruit trees you can get the communities and businesses around you to help you raise the funds.
Last week we visited the Archibishop Benson C of E Primary School in Truro to help them plant their crowdfunded fruit trees. Thanks to local Cornish business Francis Clark this school raised the £70 to get four fruit trees.
Our very own Phil Geraghty went down to help plant the trees and this is what he said: “It was amazing to see the enthusiasm of the kids whilst planting the trees, can’t wait till they are eating the fruit in the years to come.”
Daniel Hadley, a teacher at the school, said: “As a school we have been planning developments of our school grounds and how we educate the children about sustainability. Our bigger ideas are often limited by financial constraints, but with Fruitshare we have over come this problem. We can’t thank Francis Clark enough for helping us to crowdfund fruit trees for the school – it’s a brilliant opportunity to teach children where their fruit comes from and also how tasty it is!”
David Bullen, Francis Clark, said: “Supporting the local community is very important to Francis Clark so when Crowdfunder UK approached us about Fruitshare it made perfect sense, especially as so many of us have young children. Many of the staff grew up in the area so the added bonus was that it presented an opportunity for us to give something back to schools we attended, the first of which was of course Archbishop Benson Church of England School. To fund and plant fruit trees in their school grounds was fantastic and we hope it enables the children’s learning, provides them with a greater understanding of the natural environment and, of course, gives them something to eat!”
To get in on this fruity action and get crowdfunding some trees for your school take a look here >