Oxford Road Community School
School based site with after school family sessions every Thursday 3pm-4pm (term time only)
Project Tutor - Rob White
Food4families took on this site in the spring of 2009. Since then we have been running a regular gardening club.
There isn't much green space at the school so we have had to be creative, but we have succeeded in growing many things - rhubarb, lettuce, tomatoes, chard, garlic, beetroot, coriander and bean sprouts - which we have prepared and eaten.
In 2010 the design developed with input from families at the school has been implemented in stages. There are a number of raised beds at the back of the school, these are mainly used by the garden club. At the front right of the school building an otherwise underutilised bit of ground now contains more raised beds, where every class can have a go at growing something. To create even more space for growing vegetables a number of ton bags of topsoil have been lowered into place to the front left of the school.
The children at the school have sown wild flower seeds in the front beds to attract pollinators. The pond has been cleared and the area surrounding it planted up with wildlife enhancing vegetation.
The following groups have helped Oxford Road Primary develop their food-growing space:
London & East Area Directorate team of Lloyds banking group
Morgan Cole Solicitors
"Food4families is a project which enables our pupils and their families to learn about the importance of being able to grow food locally and organically. Children learn about the growing seasons, composting fruit and vegetable waste and most importantly the joy of eating some that you have grown yourself."
Karen Salter, Headteacher, Oxford Road School
If you would like to find out more about the project please contact us.