Our Gardens and 'Home in Bridport'
‘The Edible garden team took part in the Harvest Festival this year. We had a bumper crop of fruit and veg on display and managed to give the school kitchen and the gardening club children sweet melon and ripe pepper. Tia and Mitch cooked up some delicious apple fritters, as part of the Autumn show, and the proceeds went to the PTA.’
PLANS TO PLANT AN ORCHARD
‘Sarah spoke at the Harvest festival recently about the ambitious plans the garden team have; to grow a perimeter hedge, and an avenue of fruit trees. This will be along the football club boundary where families walk into school. Another area of the grounds could be given over to a flower rich meadow. Transition Town Bridport and HOME in Bridport supports this as trees are a good way to mitigate climate change and loss of biodiversity, and a way of bringing the community together in growing food trees and shrubs.
The project will initially involve the children in choosing which fruit trees, and orchard experts can then name disease resistant saplings to be purchased. In the spring we hope to have an event where whole families can come and help to plant them. Food and drink to be provided as usual. This plan needs your support and we would love to talk to you about how you can assist. We need expertise and practical help. Please contact Sarah on email@example.com for more information.’
Converting part of the sports field into an orchard and meadow
The Edible Garden team are busily planning their forthcoming project for the coming year, having launched it at Harvest Festival.
The team want to plant trees and create wild flower areas in the school grounds, especially it’s perimeter, because the school is very fortunate in having such a magnificent outdoor area. This idea is in response to the Climate Crisis and the important role of trees in sequestering carbon dioxide. Not only do trees absorb carbon but they are so important for biodiversity too. We are seeking help from the community and families to make our community life healthier and help wildlife.
The project has already been promised a free edible indigenous hedgerow from the Woodland Trust, which will arrive in the spring.
An ambitious plan for an Orchard Avenue has been drafted, so that families coming to school from the back entrance will walk through it. Transition Town Bridport has applied for funds to support this; it will comprise a variety of disease resistant fruit trees and events and workshops. The project will initially involve the children in choosing which fruits and nursery experts naming suitable trees to be planted in the winter/spring 2019/2020. During the academic year there will be several occasions when the whole community can get involved. The first occasion is this term, on 23rd October, when the gardening team will fire up the cob oven for pizzas while we sow some wildflowers in a woodland patch. Look out for the flyer with details coming soon.
This is a long-term project and the care of these trees and hedge is essential for quite a while. Within a year or two we will harvest the benefits. If you would like to be more involved contact Sarah Wilberforce at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photo, Robert Golden)
The sunflower seeds which children planted after the Easter Service in April (2019) are now in full bloom!