Drop into Gardening (DIG)
This very successful school gardening project ran for two years. It has not been repeated due to lack of funding, but has sown the seeds for some great school gardens.
The idea of DIG was to work with pupils and teachers to set up gardens in school grounds to suit their needs and wishes. The two year garden club follow-up sessions helped children to learn about plants and growing. Hopefully encouraging them to try a few more vegetables in their diet.
The teachers were able to develop links between the gardens and the national curriculum and hopefully developed links in the wider school community.
The project was funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and it enabled Wirral Environmental Network to work with 11 local schools. The work included:
• erection of polytunnels for all year round production dig
• building raised beds for growing vegetables
• creation of wildlife and wild flower areas
• redevelopment of roadside areas to enhance the local environment
• working towards educational awards
• linking to healthy eating schemes
• recycling and eco-club creation
• linking with like-minded schools, groups and individuals
Wirral Environmental Network would like to see this form the basis for a Wirral Gardens For Life objective. We would also like it to become one of the key players involved in helping schools, organisations and all Wirral people to realise the importance of looking after our small corner of the world for future generations.
Gardens in Schools participants might like to register with Year of Food and Farming www.yearoffoodandfarming.org.uk. This site offers resources for schools.