This month I embarked on a new adventure with the pupils and teachers of Kings Cross Academy, says Emma Trueman, our gardener, creating a new garden for their school.
Myself and Nicole were first met by groups of youngsters eager to show us what they had already planted with their teachers, and at that moment I knew that these children had little green fingers!
Together with Ashley, Global Generation’s intern, and me, the children have now set up their own wormery, sown seeds, planted carrots, beans, radishes, onions, and tasted a variety of salad leaves and flowers! Soon the school will have their own composter for kitchen waste, so that crucially they will learn the full cycle of where their food comes from, and what happens to the leftovers. The children will be visiting the Skip Garden so they can get a sense of the wider community around Kings Cross and engage with a larger scale garden.
Working with nursery and reception children is truly a pleasure; their enthusiasm and curiosity has shone brightly throughout each gardening session. Many of the children live locally, and it was great to see some of them getting involved in the creation of a new resident’s garden in Saxon Court. Everyone’s positivity for the gardening projects has set my hopes high for creating a productive and educating school growing space. I strongly believe nurturing the passion young children have for the world around them is essential to creating a sustainable future.
Updates on the gardens progress to follow, so keep reading the blog!
This journey would not be possible without the gratefully received funding from The Peoples Postcode Lottery.