Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council supports school growing project
Green fingered pupils at St John’s Primary School in Dernaflaw are learning all about growing their own food thanks to support from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The scheme is part of the school’s plans to engage pupils with outdoor education opportunities while teaching the young gardeners what it takes to grow, transport, process and deliver food to their plates.
As part of Council’s FoodSmart initiative the school took delivery of a range of fruit, vegetables, herbs and seeds for a new vegetable patch project.
An unused sand pit and a large planter at the school entrance will be used to grow strawberries, carrots, peas, lettuce and a variety of herbs to help the pupils understand where their food comes from and the importance of growing and shopping locally.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding said: “We are proud to support local endeavours like this school’s project which encourages pupils to be more aware of the impact food production has on our environment.
“It’s a wonderful way to highlight how growing food locally supports our producers and businesses, reconnecting us all with the journey food takes to our plates. These are important lessons for our young people which will make a big difference to our future.”
For further information on FoodSmart or any other area of the wider LiveSmart project contact the Environmental Resource Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 028 2766 0248.