Children dig for their dinner with City West
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment
Westwood Primary School pupil Libby Greenhow, tends to her growing plants with her mum Debbie Greenhow
City West Housing Trust and Cleavleys Allotment Association have been helping groups of primary school children and their families to get creative in the garden, by growing their own food.
During the past eight weeks, children and families at Westwood Primary School in Eccles, Salford have planted and grown their own salad and vegetables as part of a ‘Dig for Dinner’ gardening competition - helping families to develop green-fingered skills, so they can start to grow fresh produce at home.
Trish Kiernan, Learning Mentor at the primary school said: "I am so proud of the children and families who have really enjoyed the project. We intend to continue a Gardening Club through the School Year to build on this fantastic start."
City West donated ‘grow bags’ to kick-start the competition, while Cleavleys Allotment Association grew seedlings for various vegetables and salad including rhubarb and spring onions, so the families and children could plant them in their ‘grow bags’.
Martyn Hague, Head of Neighbourhoods at City West Housing Trust, said: “There has been an amazing uptake by children and their families, with everyone attending the school daily to water and care for their food – some entrants have even personalised their competition entries with scarecrows and windmills made at home to stick in their grow bags.
“Rising food costs mean it is increasingly difficult for families to purchase fresh produce, but growing your own food is an affordable option – and a fun activity that everyone in the family can get involved in. We plan to continue promoting healthy eating and working with families to further perfect their gardening skills.”
The green-fingered children’s entries were judged by volunteers from homeless charity Salford Loaves and Fishes, with 7-year-old Oliver Godula being crowned the competition winner for the fantastic variety and quality of the food he produced.
As a prize for winning the competition, Oliver is now the proud owner of his own raised garden bed – made by the Skills Centre at City West Works, the construction subsidiary of City West - enabling him to continue to enjoy growing vegetables at home with his family.
In addition, City West has donated three garden beds to the school to enable children to continue learning about how to grow food.