- Nutritional Skills
- Food Production
- Community Cohesion
Avocet House, a Specialist Education Centre for troubled children near Norwich where
Greener Growth wanted to introduce to growing, preparing and cooking their own food.
Young people from London and the South East arrive at Avocet House having been through a number of care and foster homes, but they can’t be cared for by blood relations or adoptive families because of behavioural, social and emotional problems, and require one-to-one attention.
The children at Avocet House generally come from backgrounds where nutrition levels are poor. Engaging them in growing, preparing and cooking food will help improve their health and wellbeing, add to community cohesion at Avocet House and could open the doors to different interests and career options.
Working with Greener Growth, the children and teachers have assisted in developing designs and participated in using recycled materials to grow plants and keep costs down. They have also delineated new zones in the garden for food production, using willow arches and fences, and planted herbs, vegetables and fruits.
The children take responsibility for watering and caring for the plants, but Greener Growth has ensured they can play too as areas for ball games or riding bikes have also been separately defined.
Funding from Healthy Norwich helped kick-start this deserving project – thank you!
More funding is required for Phase Two, in which we plan to plant a mini-orchard and help the children be stimulated by growing their own food. Phase Two will also involve establishing an area for food preparation and cooking facilities, such as a BBQ and a cob oven for making pizza and bread.
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