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Sowing seeds for a sustainable future

Published on 24/06/15

As part of Big Green Week, Orchard School Bristol successfully organised and ran its very own picnic for primary schools from the local area.

As part of Big Green Week, Orchard School Bristol successfully organised and ran its very own picnic for primary schools from the local area.

The ‘Big Picnic’, which took place at Eden Grove’s community garden, saw 120 children attending from Upper Horfield, Filton Avenue and Fonthill Primary.

The event aimed to encourage children to share ideas and learn about food and growing, and understand more about sustainability. 

Prior to the community gathering, children were asked to grow their own food plants, which they then brought along to exchange with pupils from the other schools.

Each school also did their own presentations, where they shared something they had been working on around the theme of sustainable food.

Students from Orchard hosted their own sports day-style event, where they set up a variety of different activities for the children, while the primary schools set up well-being workshops.

In addition, a cookery demonstration was given by Claire Thomson, from the 5 O’clock Apron – a website and cookery book dedicated to producing recipes for families – which gave pupils the opportunity to learn a few tips and hints about cooking.

Workshops on growing and recycling were also provided.  

 The ‘Big Picnic’ was part of a city-wide initiative, which saw the Food for Life Partnership Bristol encourage secondary schools to organise picnics for their feeder schools.

Over 70 schools took part in week-long event, which ran from June 15-20.  

To view the photos of the day, visit our Facebook page!