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Playtime in the 'edible garden'

A primary school in north London has recently unveiled a new playground with a difference - parts of it you can eat.

School children enjoying their new playground.
School children enjoying their new playground.

The Rotherfield primary school in Islington has transformed part of their outdoor space into an inviting fruit and vegetable 'edible playground'.

Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins, officially opened the garden on 10 June that was previously made up of asphalt surfaces, brick walls and wire fencing.

The playground now features fruit and nut trees, a woodland, and herb and vegetable beds.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins unveiled the garden.
Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins unveiled the garden.

It will also provide fresh organic produce which the children can take home.

Rotherfield school's head teacher Elaine Adams said: "This fantastic opportunity has enabled us to transform the school environment and enrich the curriculum through first hand experience."

The project has been supported by 'Edible Islington', Islington Council's community food growing programme and 'Trees for Food' - an initiative by charity Trees for Cities to reintroduce trees grown for fruit or nuts back into urban areas to benefit communities.

Jamie Oliver, a patron, has also been involved in the Rotherfield project writing recipe booklets for the children based on ingredients from the gardens.

It has brought the school and local community together in a common purpose and its potential is limitless.
Elaine Adams, Rotherfield School, head teacher

Trees for Cities' chief executive Sharon Johnson said: "With fruit and nut trees being eradicated from schools and public spaces there has been an increasing sterilisation of our urban environment. Trees for Cities aims to help reverse this trend by reintroducing native food-producing trees to the city landscape."

"Vegetable gardens and outdoor classrooms like these engage children with nature and show them how rewarding it is to spend time outdoors, and they ably demonstrate where food comes from."




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