Weston General Hospital sets up new school garden project to promote health

PUBLISHED: 13:59 15 April 2017

Green-fingered schoolchildren have been helping to grow  food in Weston General Hospital's garden.

Green-fingered schoolchildren have been helping to grow food in Weston General Hospital's garden.

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Children from Uphill Primary School got some hands-on gardening experience at Weston General Hospital as part of a new project to grow healthy food in its grounds.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT), which runs the Grange Road hospital in Weston-super-Mare, wants to make use of some of its unused land.

A community garden has now been created at the site and the Uphill students will be able to use it to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.

WAHT’s director of strategic development Bronwen Bishop said: “Some schools in the area struggle to have ready access to green space – this project provides children with the chance to get outdoors and produce something they’re proud of.

“Alongside that, our unloved plot of land is being transformed into a budding allotment.

“We hope the initiative encourages healthy eating and active lifestyles.”

Uphill Primary School’s headteacher Andrea Curran said “We were delighted when we were approached by the hospital to partner with them on this project.

“Through external funding support, we have been able to design a child-friendly space where all children – and their families – can come to learn about the benefits of growing their own produce, cooking what they have grown and making those healthy life choices.

“Gardening and growing is cross-curriculum – science, maths, English, cooking, nutrition and even art can all be taught through gardening.”

Barney Main, a year two child at the school, said “I love growing my own vegetables and can’t wait to get growing in our new allotment.”


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