Garden Organic as the lead organisation is working together with partners, Capital Growth, the Soil Association’s Food For Life project, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), School Food Matters and Trees for Cities. The project is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the Greater London Authority.
Food Growing Schools: London aims to cultivate young people’s love for learning and hunger for knowledge and develop supportive and healthy local communities through food.
The project partners boast considerable experience establishing growing spaces and working with schools in London:
- Garden Organic – lead partner, with extensive experience working with schools for over 20 years.
- Capital Growth – created an Olympic legacy of 2012 growing spaces in London, with 700 in schools.
- Food For Life – delivering school food award schemes, with 112 London schools awarded bronze and above, and 22 silver gold to date.
- RHS Campaign for School Gardening – providing teacher and volunteer food growing CPD training.
- School Food Matters – encouraging school enterprise, with school sales at Borough Market and Whole Food branches.
- Trees for Cities – creating outdoor spaces in inner city schools through the Edible Playgrounds project.
Garden Organic is the UK’s leading organic growing charity, dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. We have been bringing the benefits of gardening to schools, big and small, for over 20 years, helping students and communities access the benefits of growing food and engage in hands on, practical activity. We do this through our training, project work, volunteer programmes and inspiring demonstration gardens at Ryton, near Coventry. As a partner in the Food for Life Partnership our education programmes, training and resources help teachers and school professionals to embed food growing as part of a whole school approach.
Capital Growth runs a network for community food growing projects in London, providing advice, events, training and other support. We currently have over 700 schools in the network, many of which have received funding, entered our competitions or have received other types support and advice. We also run annual events such as Edible Open Gardens Day, urban Food Fortnight and the Big Dig which all members are encouraged to get involved in to raise the profile of their project.
Food for Life is part of the Soil Association and brings together a national school awards programme with our work in wider settings including early years, hospitals, care settings and workplaces. The programme’s core ethos is to provide healthy, tasty and sustainable meals but is more than just food on the plate; it considers where food comes from and how it’s grown, cooked and experienced. We provide practical advice and support, and reward and celebrate success.
Our School Awards support schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; source food from local producers; set up school farmers’ markets; hold community food events; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day.
An enhanced programme is available for commissioning across settings to support health and wellbeing priorities in your area. We are already achieving clear results in local authorities throughout England. Find out more about our commissions here.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening aims to encourage and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden. As part of the Campaign we provide teachers with resources through this website and an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days.
School Food Matters is a charity based in London. With selected partners we devise, develop and deliver food education programmes with an enterprise theme for schools. SFM’s approach has always been to work in partnership to develop a programme that can grow and become a firm fixture on the school’s calendar. All programmes will include hands-on cooking and food growing and will often include a visit to a working farm and by joining our membership for schools you’ll be first in line to participate!
Trees for Cities
Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees in cities worldwide. Set up as Trees for London in 1993, Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most. We manage projects across the UK as well as internationally in cities such as Addis Ababa and Nairobi. Our work supports urban tree planting initiatives particularly in deprived areas of cities. Community-led design is an integral part of our landscaping projects. Involving local residents, schools and community groups helps ensure the sustainability of green spaces.