Homebase Launch Towcester Eco-School Project
|Author: Kathryn Hunter||Published: 26th March 2012 14:56|
Richard Edwards, Headteacher at Nicholas Hawksmoor with Kathryn Hunter, Start Wise, manager of Homebase, Victoria Shepherd and Jess White, Alotment Club Leader and teacher, together with some children from nursery and reception classes with the new raised bed.
Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School teams up with local Homebase to launch Eco-School project
Store donates raised bed to kickstart project to help local school grow their own produce
Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School is taking on the Eco-Schools challenge by taking part in a food growing project with Homebase. Run by Keep Britain Tidy, the Eco-Schools programme aims to promote sustainable development through environmental education.
Schools involved in the project are assigned volunteers from their local Homebase, who will guide them through the process of planning, running and successfully harvesting a vegetable patch for them to enjoy. Schools that successfully grow their own produce provide invaluable knowledge to pupils about the benefits of growing food and can help them gain internationally recognised Eco-Schools awards as well as saving money.
Nicholas Hawksmoor is no stranger to the programme as it was awarded its bronze award in May 2007. But this time it is aiming for its silver award, as head teacher, Richard Edwards, said: “We are looking forward to the school being involved with Homebase and the food growing project. We feel that the children will learn much about sustainability and healthy eating. It will also give them a love for gardening that hopefully will stay with them for life.”
Homebase, well known for its horticulture credentials, is keen to share the expertise of its store colleagues with local schools to help them grow their own tasty produce, as Ian Brown, Towcester Homebase store manager, said: “The Eco-Schools programme is a fun way for kids to develop their awareness of the environment by growing their own food as well as proving how delicious home-grown can be! Homebase is committed to helping the communities we work in to become more sustainable, so we are really excited that our store colleagues will be a part of the sustainable journey for the school children at Nicholas Hawksmoor.”