Collaborating with School Food Matters means one thing - putting children at the heart of the design. The garden is an immersive, forageable and naturalistic landscape where children can explore nature and be inspired by a diverse range of edible, climate-adapted plants.
Paths will be child-sized, allowing children to create their own imagined worlds as they meander through plants, scramble over boulders and journey past the raw elements of food production: tactile rammed earth walls, reflective water, flowers to attract pollinators and light-capturing grasses.
Calming textural planting is intersected by bold, colourful ribbons of flowers, leading to a tranquil space where children can express their views on food and climate change through direct quotes painted on the central wall. All elements culminate in a show-stopping way and deliver a prominent message: nutritious food, a healthy planet and access to nature are fundamental rights that every child should enjoy.
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The mission of School Food Matters is to teach children about food and to improve children’s access to healthy, sustainable food during their time at school.
It provides fully funded food education programmes to schools. Its experience delivering these programmes informs and strengthens its campaigns, bringing the voices of children, parents and teachers to government policy.
The garden has now been reimagined into two sensory pocket gardens and relocated to two schools - Alec Reed Academy in Ealing, West London and The Beacon Church of England Primary School in Liverpool. These spaces provide valuable educational resources where children can grow vegetables and observe wildlife, as well as find a peaceful place to take time out from the busyness of their days.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.