There’s no better way for young children to learn new skills, whilst having fun, than by spending time in a garden, – planting, tending and growing their own food.
As most parents will tell you, children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating their own mini-planting areas and watching their plants grow.
Recently and with this in mind, children and staff from Bradley Green Primary Academy, accompanied by over 20 parents, spent a wonderful afternoon at Acresfield Community Gardens.
Members of the community have worked so hard to create this wonderful place for all members of the community to share and they were delighted to welcome 53 children and 26 adults as well as 2 siblings in prams to experience the benefits of growing interesting plants such as, brightly coloured sunflowers and vegetables that grow quickly corn, pumpkins, tomatoes and big juicy strawberries.
The community volunteers who tend the gardens were delighted to share their wealth of their knowledge with all the visitor, both young and old, and they encouraged the children to plant carrot seeds, inspect the onions and garlic they had planted earlier in the year and pick those enormous juicy strawberries from the strawberry plants they had weeded and picked the brown leaves from on a previous visit.
They also discussed flowering plants and very kindly gave some planters to the children to take back to school.
Acresfield Community Gardens is like a jewel in an urban setting and highlights just what can be achieved when a community comes together and works hard it reach a goal.
They are currently trying to gain some funding so they can put flagging down to enable people with mobile issues greater access.