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Children flourish in gardening project

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Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities, Health

Fort Royal Community Primary Fort Royal Community Primary

Nearly two hundred children in Worcester came together and blossomed into green-fingered enthusiasts, thanks to a generous donation from Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund.

Pupils at Fort Royal Community Primary have rolled up their sleeves and put on their gardening gloves to help regenerate the school’s outdoor space with flourishing fruit and vegetables. The youngsters, aged between 3 and 11 years all with special educational needs, have proudly watched the seeds they’ve sown grow into a haven of delicious delicacies.

The helping hand from the national housing provider supported the primary school in educating all ages on healthy eating, including the ease of growing their own produce and the importance of eating a balanced diet.

The new generation of gardeners, who to date have managed to grow an oasis of food, enjoy the opportunity to sample all freshly grown fruit and vegetables – ranging from runner beans and radishes, to chives and tomatoes.

Margaret Jones, grants administrator at Fort Royal Community Primary, said: “Everyone at the school is very proud of the project – we now have beautiful bedding areas, our pupils are learning a hands-on approach to gardening and more importantly trying new vegetables and learning the significance of healthy eating.

"It’s been a fantastic way to engage with the children and they are always keen to get stuck in. We plan to continue the project year on year, and extend our outdoor learning environment. We would like to thank Sanctuary Housing for their support.”

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of local partnerships, added: “It’s fantastic to hear how our Grand Ideas Fund donation has supported the school and the amount of pupils it’s benefited this year. It sounds like everyone involved had a wonderful time and this is what our community investment donations are all about.”

Fort Royal is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.

For details on how to apply, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

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