Christ Church Get Growing - 2014
Christ Church School in Shooters Hill, London, is a primary school with more than 200 children. They have just set up a new project - Christ Church Get Growing - which will help the children learn about and embrace nature. This is something that could be repeated at schools all over the country.
Even though the school has limited space and facilities, their plans are huge and will hopefully involve every child at the school, who will learn about everything from sowing seeds right through to harvesting their crops.
Every child will be encouraged in every class to take part in the initiative, which will then be opened up to parents and families. They plan on having a special growing area at the school, but are also looking at a local allotment plot. This will then attract the local community, who will help the children and play a part in the upkeep and maintenance of the project. The children will be able to take the skills that they have learnt through growing produce back into the classroom. This will teach them life skills, improve their resilience and teach them to ‘keep going’ in life and see things through to the end. The project will also teach the children to nurture and respect their natural surroundings if they want to see them develop and flourish.
The project will be launched with an Easter challenge - equipping each child with a pot, compost and seeds to grow a plant at home. This should bring a real buzz to the project and generate a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.
The pupils and staff at Christ Church School are some of our Miracle-Gro'wers, all taking part in our amazing Learning Journey display at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.