This year we started our first Gardening Club at our primary school, Mossford Green Primary School in the London Borough of Redbridge. The response to places was overwhelming, with over half of the school applying for only 9 places. Why so few places? Well, we only have 9 gardening tools and sets of gloves and no money to buy any more. So far, some of the children who do attend our club have donated a small amount of money which enabled us to buy a bag of bulbs and some ingredients to make wild bird seed feeders. Otherwise, we do lots of weeding and digging of our currently empty raised beds. As staff, we also buy/ beg borrow and steal (as the saying goes) any resources that we can. We have a lovely wildlife garden which has been neglected and hasn't been used in over 3 years and the children are dying to get in there. Our children love their fruit snacks and it would be great for them to go out and pick their own and really see where it comes from. 3 staff and 9 children are currently working on making this area a place that the whole school can enjoy. We hope that we can also open our garden to the wider community and enjoy many "abundance" and apple pressing days in the near future. Just the minimum amount for 5 fruit trees would be enough to get us going. All we are asking for is £70 to get us started. If you can help, you would be helping to make our school an even more wonderful place to be.
We need you to help us raise £70 which will enable our school to have a pack of five fruit trees, which we can plant in our school grounds and teach all our pupils the importance of growing our own produce.
It only takes seven people to pledge £10 and recieve a discount on a Woodland Trust membership to get us to our target and recieve trees to plant in the school. We can do this!
We believe this project is so beneficial to all our pupils, we will be able to educate on sustainable and local produce and by planting our own trees we will be able to do this with our very own produce. Just one pack will provide us with five fruit trees including two apples, one pear, one plum and one quince. All trees are kindly donated by Otter Farm. The fruit trees are two years old and will fruit next year.
Our campaign is supported by Abel and Cole, The Woodland Trust and River Cottage, who are both kindly donating some amazing rewards.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “I find the idea that the next generation could be growing more fruit, eating more fruit and cooking their fruit in a much more creative way incredibly exciting. I want to do what I can to make that happen.”
With your help we can get all our pupils involved with a great project and show them how much benefit five trees can make to our school. We can use the fruit in our canteen and allow children to eat it during the school day. This also promotes healthy eating.
Please support us and help our school start a sustainable project with real educational benefit. All the trees are provided by Otter Farm.
If this projects exceeds their target, the excess will be passed to the school to use for other environmental projects, minus 5% Crowdfunder admin fee