UK-Dutch initiative awards Hoxton schoolkids greenhouse to grow own fruit and veg
Children at Hoxton Garden Primary School in London were today awarded a brand-new greenhouse in a British-Dutch joint initiative to encourage children in the UK to eat more healthily.
The school won the greenhouse in an art competition organised by the campaign Fruit&Veg4Kids, which aims to get more primary school children growing their own fruit and vegetables and promote healthy lifestyles from a young age. To win the prize, the schoolchildren were asked to make sculptures out of fruit and vegetables.
"A great opportunity to get out of the classroom and into a garden"
Actor, educator and ethical entrepreneur Oli Blanc, who actively encourages young people to eat more fresh produce, was also present at the handover ceremony. He said:
“Cooking and growing fresh produce is a wonderful thing for adults. But for children, it's vital. They will begin to appreciate we are what we eat, they will understand better where our food comes from and the importance of nature, from the role of the busy bee to the humble worm.
If you grow and cook fresh food, it is more likely that you will prepare and sit down as a family to enjoy the food, which is great for children's confidence and general wellbeing.
Lastly, for schools it provides a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and into a garden which will always provide cross-curricular opportunities. Just imagine instead of turning to page 112 of a well-worn maths book, instead you are outside measuring a sunflower. I know which approach would have the greater impact!"
A joint UK-Netherlands initiative
Fruit&Veg4Kids is a new initiative supported by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (a City of London livery company), Grow Your Own Playground, the London Produce Show, Holland Fresh Group and the Dutch Embassy in London.
Fruit&Veg4Kids plans to extend their project to more schools nationwide. The goal is for children across the United Kingdom to experience the joys of growing and eating fresh fruit and vegetables.