Edible Forest Teaching Garden

Edible Forest Teaching Garden
Edible Forest Teaching Garden
Edible Forest Teaching Garden





A new edible garden was opened on Monday 13 October 2014 at the Holland Park Ecology Centre by the Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmons; who was joined by the Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Tim Ahern and members of the Food Explorers who have worked with the Council to make the edible forest a reality.

The garden will allow children from local primary schools with limited access to green space to gain practical experience of where food comes from and how it is grown. It is planted with fruit trees, berries, herbs, vegetables and flowering perennials with an emphasis on native planting.
The aims of the garden are to:

  • engage young people from local primary schools in growing food
  • improve understanding of where food comes from, how it is grown and seasonality
  • promote scientific knowledge of ecology in the context of growing food
  • expose young people to more flavours and ingredients
  • inspire young people to be more adventurous about what they eat, be more open to eating fruit and vegetables and help them make healthier choices

The Mayor said: “I am delighted to be opening this edible garden. We are often told that people nowadays don’t know where their food comes from, or even what it looks like before processing. The edible forest will give children an opportunity to find out where some of their food comes from, how to propagate it and also get some tasty recipe ideas to try at home.

“I would like to thank the staff here at the Ecology Centre and Food Explorers for their work in making the edible forest a reality and I am sure many children from local primary schools will find it a wonderful experience.”


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