Since mid-2019, Splash Projects been working hard with Trees for Cities to transform the grounds of schools all over the UK into “Edible Playgrounds”. They are then used as vibrant teaching gardens to offer a lively, engaging and multi-sensory way to teach children about growing and eating healthy food.
Many children in inner city areas don’t know where their food comes from. Increasingly exposed to unhealthy food choices and with limited opportunities to grow and eat good food, one in three children leaving primary school are overweight or obese.
Edible Playgrounds offer a lively, engaging, multi-sensory way to teach children about growing and eating healthy food. Aside from the physical health benefits that eating well brings, learning in an outdoor environment combats Nature Deficit Disorder and has been shown to increase mental health by boosting mood, confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, allowing the children to connect with nature develops attentiveness and self-reliance in the pupils, leading to more sustainable behaviours longer term.
Splash have now completed Trees for Cities projects across London, West Bromwich, Telford, Dudley, Stourbridge and Bradford. It’s been great to be part of this great initiative by Trees for Cities who have now created over 100 Edible Playgrounds, supporting more than 68,000 children across the UK.
The Trees for Cities projects are another example of Splash Projects working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These particular projects focus on SDG3 – Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG15 – Life on Land and SDG17 – Partnership for the Goals.
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