Snaresbrook kids grow while they play
Snaresbrook Primary School has created a new edible garden by converting a large area of the playground to vegetable growing. The garden is part of the Trees for Cities Edible Playground initiative, which aims to provide 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. The infrastructure for the garden was provided by Trees for Cities, with children, staff and parents doing the rest. The series of raised beds are home to veggies like runner beans, courgettes, brussels sprouts, kale and tomatoes, as well as pollinator-loving herbs including rosemary and thyme.