A small grant from BIBS supported a programme of gardening and outdoor activities for local children without regular access to gardens during the summer/autumn. Sessions took place at the Snow Hill Estate and Alice Park Community Garden with the children, who took part in gardening, outdoor arts and crafts and a grow-cook-eat session.

Growing Day at the garden: Children from St Saviour’s Infant school visited the community garden for Growing Day (part of the Quest/Olympic Healthy Eating Weed). They explored the garden, tasted fresh herbs and did some planting. Arthur from Year 2 said. “I enjoyed the gardening. We were planting and watering peas. A few weeks ago I went down with Mum and Dad to look at them.”

Future Foundations: As part of the National Citizen Service, young people from local secondary schools involved in this project visited the community garden to join volunteers for a day. The group tried out gardening, shared ideas for developing the garden for young users and how to support similar initiatives in their own schools and local communities.

Ten Skills for Transition: Funding from Awards for All supported a series of workshops offering free training to the local community. Workshops included willow weaving, medicinal plants, carpentry, pond-making, compost-making, permaculture and pruning.