Two new community workers joined environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project last month to run their latest project called ‘Get Growing’. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme, it aims to support food growing in local Get Growing In Schoolsprimary schools. Emily Janke-Pearson, and Tamsin Bent who specialise in sustainable livelihoods and environmental education, will be working with 20 schools across the district setting up gardening clubs and encouraging pupils to grow and eat their own vegetables. 

“We are delighted to be running this project which reinforces the link between growing and healthy eating,” said Clare Mahdiyone, Director of Projects.  “It follows on from our successful pilot scheme in 2009 and we will be working with teachers, pupils and volunteers to create sustainable garden plots at all the schools”. 

 

  The project, which will run for two years, will support schools to set up and develop their gardens and also develop and design gardening club teaching resources.

Emily and Tamsin are in the process of recruiting local volunteer food champions to support or run these clubs. “We are looking for local people with an interest in gardening to come and be our food champions or mentor the gardening groups,” they said. “We are also going to build a team of volunteer experts, a sort of Ground Force squad, who can work with the children, teachers and parents to help clear and prepare available land in schools”. Emily and Tamsin are not only looking for green fingered helpers but anyone who can donate child sized garden tools and other equipment to get the scheme going.

Mark Wheddon, local food programme manager said:

“It is projects like this that have a wide and lasting impact on the community and we are happy to support them. This project marks just the beginning in terms of Local Food grants. With a record £57.5 million to distribute to various groups we will begin to see a real change in the accessibility of local food.”

For more information, click here or contact Emily Janke-Pearson or Tamsin Bent at Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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