Blackwood kids’ project promises a feast of learning

Friday 14th March 2014

A Wildlife Trust Growing Project

A primary school in Walsall is teaming up with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to build a growing site and earth oven in their grounds.

Blackwood primary school already works with The Trust to take part in forest school activities at Barr Beacon Local Nature Reserve, but now they’re getting more training closer to home. The project will ensure that children learn about the whole process from creating a space to grow food, through growing plants from seeds, looking after them until they are ready to eat, then harvesting and cooking them.

Martin Harrison, Barr Beacon Community Liaison Officer for The Wildlife Trust said: “We’re really excited to get this project off the ground and are sure that it will be a great way to get children involved in learning about plants and where the food they eat comes from.

“To be able to build such superb facilities for them on site will mean that we can put on some great events to enjoy the fruits of their labour later on, too.”

Joy Baker, a teacher from Blackwood school added: “We’ve always tried to find ways to encourage healthy eating and also learning about nature, so this project just seemed the perfect way to bring both of those together with our partners from The Wildlife Trust. The kids can’t wait to get started.”

The work is being delivered through the “Let’s Grow Black Country” Local Food project with materials donated by LafargeTarmac and Ibstock Bricks. Growing sessions are starting from Monday 17th March with the earth oven being built on 28th March.

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