We deliver food growing & gardening clubs and after-school workshops at school and community settings in SE17 (Surrey Square School) and in SE16 (Age UK) for local children and older people. There are high levels of food insecurity in Southwark, evidenced by rising foodbank usage. This has only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our clubs and workshops promote education in healthy eating, raise awareness of where our food comes from and improve skills, confidence and well-being.
In partnership with Surrey Square School we constructed and installed a 18ft x 16ft polytunnel garden in 2019 on the roof of the School’s pavilion. The non-traditional outdoor learning space enabled the food growing & gardening after-school workshops to be delivered twice weekly.
The children grow and harvest food in new raised beds and document in journals their learning about nature and the environment while having fun. At Age UK, our weekly food growing club brings together older people and they harvest fresh produce in the raised beds for Age UK’s lunch club.
The activities are led by Edible Rotherhithe founder and volunteer, Christina Wheatley, who is a trained Southwark Master Gardener.