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Growing in your garden, window sill or home has grown in popularity over the past seven weeks.

With people having more time to investigate what they might be able to lend their green fingers to. I even got planting myself with parsley, lettuce and rocket now growing in my back garden (see photos below - proud plant mother!).

Sow the City and Incredible Education, two of our Healthy Schools Community Partnership Challenge awarded grant holders have been sharing tips and tricks alongside lots of other exciting things to #StayHomeAndGrowYourOwn.

      

Check out my own lettuce and spinach!

Sow the City

Sow the City is a local social enterprise whose mission is to build a healthier city where everyone can grow their own food. They have been working with Christ Church and Lewis Street Primary school to create new space for outdoor learning and food growing, for pupils, families and the local community. Though the sessions with the pupils have been put on hold, there is still lots to get done, ready for when the pupils return back to school. Sow the City have created new growing space at Lewis Street primary, sowed seeds and planted fruit and vegetable seedlings, ready to start up sessions around growing, environment and healthy eating.

Sow the City have been sharing top tips via their youtube channel as well as running free weekly webinars on a range of topics, from foraging to keeping chickens.

“We are doing what we can at the moment to make good use of community growing spaces ready for sessions later in the year, and we are offering ongoing support remotely to existing groups and those who are just getting started with growing. The current situation has been difficult for our organisation but has helped us to discover new ways of working, and to engage lots of new people in activities around food growing and sustainability. We’re excited to work with Lewis Street Primary school getting pupils outdoors and growing as soon as we can!”

Emily Corner – Project Manager, Sow the City.

Lewis Street Primary School

Photo: Lewis Street Primary School

For more information about their webinars visit their Facebook page.

For more videos check out their YouTube page.

Incredible Education

Incredible Education, are a social enterprise specialising in health and wellbeing programmes that are delivered through horticulture and forest school activities. Their forest school project with Salford Schools has been put on hold due to Covid-19 but they have been sharing lots of online content to keep people connected with outdoors during this time.

They have been working on their new site, Cleavley Community Forest Garden, getting it ready for when the local community can come and take part. This is an ambitious project that plans to be a forest school site, community café, garden centre and teaching space. You can find more about their plans here and how you can get involved in this new community hub. They need your support to make this happen!

“This is a challenging time for us all and it has been our priority to contribute to supporting others to remain positive and focussed by taking part in healthy outdoor activities whilst staying safe at home. We look forward to welcoming the community to our new site in Winton via safe social distancing soon.”

Judith - Incredible Education

As Incredible Education has been unable to deliver their work as usual due to the crisis they have been generously volunteering their time by donating FREE Edible Plant Packs for individual families in the M30 area. You can find a range of tutorials to get your own garden up and running on their Facebook page or website with lots of videos and useful tips from the whole Incredible Edible community.

They are also featured in weekly activities timetable.

Here are few photos of the new site!

       

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Author: 
Anna Horton, Healthy Schools Development Worker

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