The project created further opportunities to develop skills and confidence to grow, eat and cook more local, seasonal food. Activities and workshops were organised which ranged from Fruit Tree Pruning and Composting Workshops, to Seed & Plant Swaps and Garden Trails.
We worked closely with pupils, teachers, parent volunteers and janitors at Spean Bridge Primary School and created additional growing spaces in the grounds of the school. A new polytunnel was purchased from Highland Polytunnels, raised beds were made from recycled materials and fruit trees planted in the upper field. Gardening Classes were a regular part of the Curriculum during Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Seeds were sown and sprouted, plants began to grow and pupils continued to nurture their garden space throughout the year. Rotas were in place for additional watering and composting, planting, harvesting and gathering seeds to dry. Pupils were encouraged to taste and eat what they had grown and enjoyed having a go at making soups, vegetable curries and stir fries as part of Gardening Time. Spean Primary entered their produce in the Lochaber Agricultural Show competition and won 1st prize in the Schools Category. Fantastic!
We established connections with residents of Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes (ABC) communities who manage a large Woodland Garden on behalf of Forest Enterprise and expressed an interest in working together to regenerate the land and grow more food. Workshops were organised and fruit trees and plants supplied to assist with their Community Growing.