Clairmont Seed Sowing
Added 16th May by Bridget & Helen
Clairmont Day Nursery are getting their gardens ready for some raised beds to be built. While the work is being done they have been singing growing songs and working with our volunteers to get seeds sown with the children, ready to be transplanted in a few weeks time.
The children sowed peas, beetroot, tomatoes, sweetcorn and radishes and their lovely rabbit was more than a little interested in what we were doing...we're sure he'll enjoy a taste of a few later this summer too.
Manager Kathryn who is setting all this up told us, 'it's really great to get the children growing, especially with Incredible Edible volunteers as it makes it special and different for them.'
Added 28th April
Probably one of the best days of the year, the annual Welly Walk was well attended again. This was our third walk and it was great fun, a time to absorb the beautiful scenery in Wilmslow and a good chance to get the children looking around them at what edibles are growing in the hedgerows and what animals we farm and why.
We passed damson trees just in bloom (fruit for eating & preserving), chickens (eggs, pellets & meat), alpacas (wool & manure) and lots of lovely horses (erm .. faux beef ..??), ponies, holes in the ground of all shapes and sizes ... voles, mice, badgers, rabbits, badgers and even some rheas and wallabys in the rescue centre at the Mobberley Alpaca Farm.
Great fun, roll on next year.
Spring Time Sowing Event with Wilmslow Library: RHS Edible Britain
Added 9th April by Helen
Emily opening the event with growing stories from the library
This week, 7-14 April, saw the RHS launch of their 'Edible Britain' campaign, so as well as the usual monthly planting, we ran an extra event with local children by teaming up with Wilmslow Library to fill the planters in the car park with seeds given to us by the RHS. ( inc. chives, parsley, coriander, dill, garlic chives, sage, thyme, marigolds, nasturtiums, radishes, carrots, fennel, spring onions, spinach and red frills mustard.)
Added 19th March 2013 by Helen
What a lovely way to start the growing year with the smiling and eager faces of Rainbow staff and children. We sowed lots of peas, some to go home and some to stay and grow on in the Rainbow garden. I'm told by the parents that the children have told them very clearly that their peas now need sunshine and water to grow lovely strong roots and shoots. Good listening everyone.
I hope they grow big and strong everyone and thanks for a lovely morning in your class. I'll look forward to hearing how they all grow.
Dean Row Opens Up It's Allotments to Dean Oaks IE Gardening Club
Added 28th June 2012, by Cueni
What a wonderful time we had at Dean Row Allotments, thank you so much to Terry, Sam and Ian for showing us round and for all the treats we brought home. The boys were buzzing about gooseberries and currants and one of them was creating his own recipe out loud on the way back for pumpkin and apple casserole!!
The start to a wonderful link between school and society.
Lindow Create a Wildlife Garden
Added 27th June 2012
Pupils, staff, parents and grandparents have rallied together to create a quiet place for everyone to sit and watch the bugs, bees and butterflies.before during after!
Edible Wilmslow In Bloom Poster Competition
Added 10th June 2012
Many thanks to all the children who entered from Ashdene School. We were honoured to have as our judge for the posters, Mr Peter Robinson, Chairman of the Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Horticultural Society.
Take a look around town at the finished product displayed in shop windows, they are superb. Steve Kennedy at Mailboxes Etc has done a wonderful job and he even sponsored the posters. We are truly grateful, we couldn't have done this without you.
Dean Oaks PTA Organise A Cookery Demo
Added 13th June 2012
Must be good when the children are coming back for more! Event organiser Sharleen Jackson PTA Chair with Sainsburys chefs
What a great evening for parents and pupils alike! This was well worth the £3 in food alone, as we were treated to salmon, steak, Eton mess amongst other goodies, we now have a head full of ideas on how to make food last longer, go further, spend less ... and a few good stories about Jamie Oliver, Jedward to top it off!
Try these top tips ...
- grow your own cut & come again lettuce, snip it when you need it, it grows on for next time you need it
- store unused salad leaves in a sealed container with a piece of kitchen roll to stop them going soggy
- add chopped mint to your fruit salad, Eton mess to liven it up
Hats off to them for the strong emphasis on seasonal, British food.
It was such a success that Dean Oaks are definitely doing it again, so keep your eyes peeled for the new date.
Lindow CP School start the RHS Campaign
Added 21st March 2012
Here's three keen gardeners from the reception class at Lindow. The children all had fun in the sun today sowing carrots, peas and lettuce seeds & planting out potatoes, getting the RHS school campaign started with super mum team of volunteers Claire Dale, Nikki Moyle and Emma Bolton. Clare had attended RHS Twilight Training session at St Anne's yesterday and left feeling all inspired and passed the inspiration on to the children. That's what it's all about.
...and what a great way to use old tyres, as the spuds grow add another tyre - excellent!
Ash Dene Primary Getting Incredible
Added 17th March 2012
The latest school to get the growing bug is Ash Dene Primary. Here is the headteacher Mr Wadcock and two representatives from their SNAG team (School Nutrition Action Group) who have kick started the schools initiative to get the children more involved in feeding themselves from their own land.
They are keen for volunteers to come forward and help with the growing in the school so if you have a bit of time to help out contact the school on 01625 531 118.
Wilmslow Grange CPS and Nursery in Handforth are delighted to announce that they have
achieved their Green Flag Award Written by Andrea Booth
Eco-Schools is an international award programme run by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of the school. The Eco-Warriors, Fair Trade Committee, Mrs Andrea Booth, Miss Helen Nuttall and Mrs Alison Brough have worked very hard over the last 4 years to achieve their Bronze and Silver awards. To achieve these awards the children have to carry out annual audits to assess the environmental performance of the school, the information is then used set targets to form an action plan. As part of the programme the children and teachers have worked on a variety of environmental topics including; water, biodiversity, energy, global perspective, healthy living, litter, schools grounds, transport and waste. In particular, the children have created a school garden, formed Global Partnerships with primary schools in Uganda and South Africa and embedded environmental issues into the curriculum. Along with improving the environment, working towards this award has allowed the school to save money and make many links into the community, as well as enabling them to improve the school environment.
Getting the Year Started at Oakenclough
New volunteer Rachel has got the green fingered bug and is encouraging the children to dig in too. Oakenclough planted two fruit trees (Stella cherry and a Victoria plum), weeded the third raised bed and sowed some peas... and then she got home and kept on going! ... well it is March and the sun was shining, it's so easy to get carried away!!
Spring has Sprung:
It's only February but the weather has been beautiful and everyone is getting out in the garden ... Dean Oaks Primary have dug over the plots, got onion sets going with IE volunteers at the gardening club. Lindow Primary have signed up to RHS and are making big plans for the year with their super mum Claire Dale volunteering her skills and Oakenclough have a new volunteer Frank who has given the soil a really good digging over ready for seed sowing with the children in the next few weeks. Some of us mum's & kids couldn't resist digging in as well.
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