Newground Together helps local school become green fingered
Primary schools in East Leeds are benefitting from educational gardening projects as part of the regeneration of their local area, thanks to funding from Newground Together.
2 Way Street is a grass roots project which was awarded a grant of £4,352 from Newground Together to continue delivering gardening projects to raise aspirations and regenerate areas of East Leeds.
2 Way Street is delivered by the charity Learning Partnerships who, over the past five years, have worked with key partners such as Housing Leeds to make environmental improvements with long lasting benefits for inner city residents in the local area.
With funding from Newground Together, one of the gardening projects has been able to work with young pupils from a local primary school to nurture their interest in gardening. With almost 400 pupils, Shakespeare Primary School has a high proportion of disadvantaged children, including a large number of children who do not have English as their first language, and a large proportion of children with special educational needs.
The funding received from Newground Together has enabled 2 Way Street to work closely with pupils to help them improve their school grounds whilst also improving their Maths, English and Science skills by learning firsthand about food, how it grows and where it comes from.
This year, the children have grown sunflowers, planted spring bulbs and made lavender bags. They have collected herbs for tea, as well as enjoying potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarbs, peas, beans, courgettes and all sorts of salad leaves.
Caroline Judd, Teaching Assistant at Shakespeare Primary School, said: “We are a large mixed primary school in a deprived area with a substantial population of children from newly arrived families, often with little English.
“We have valued the input of 2 Way Street enormously in kick-starting our gardening programme that has become a highlight for many children at lunch times, which can usually be a tricky time for some children. The gardening has provided a safe and happy place for many.”
Susan Dougherty, Project Officer at 2 Way Street, said: “Over the last year, children from Shakespeare Primary School have learnt how to grow their own food, and their families have benefitted from taking home fresh produce. This is a great achievement for children whose homes may have little or no outdoor space of their own.”