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Youngsters grow a love of gardens
A “mobile garden” is to be taken to pre-school groups to help youngsters learn how to grow things.
The trailer will be used to provide sessions on food, health and outdoor living across the Keighley area.
A £300 grant from the Craven Trust will pay to deliver the garden to the groups, and after more funding has been found the scheme will visit other under-five groups.
The project has been developed by the Shipley and Keighley branch of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, an educational charity working to give children a good start in life.
Support officer Anja Wadsworth said: “We are very excited about getting this initiative off the ground.
“The communities served by the mobile garden will have access to a very different kind of resource, which they can use even if they don’t have permanent premises or an outdoor space.
“They will have the opportunity to learn more about their health and their environment and come together over the common theme of food – something common to all cultures and backgrounds.”
Staff and volunteers from the Alliance will be trained to deliver the mobile garden sessions. Lesson plans will be turned into an information pack so that the equipment can be used by all members.
The Alliance is seeking funding to provide further help to groups which want to create a growing area at their own premises. It hopes to help groups work in the initial garden set-up, giving staff, parents, carers and volunteers training to maintain and develop the area.
Children will be able to take home some of the plants or food grown.
The Craven Trust is a grant-making charity that supports community projects in parts of West and North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, including the Keighley, Worth Valley and Bingley rural areas.
Groups seeking funding for equipment, training, activities or start-up costs can visit craventrust.org.uk, phone Craven Trust administrator Lynn Leadbeatter on (01535) 612509 or e-mail email@example.com.