In early 2015 we acquired a large allotment plot close to our school in the village of school. We are developing this plot into a cross curricular educational garden and therapeutic resource whilst also being a fully functioning and productive allotment which will develop into a small business enterprise run entirely by the pupils of The Yellow House School.
The benefits of the project are many fold. As an educational garden it provides us with the ability to engage young people who find classroom based lessons challenging and enables us to demonstrate practically many of the concepts which we discuss in lessons. As a therapeutic resource the benefits are endless, gentle exercise, fresh air, sensory stimulation, greater awareness of the world around us, improved diet, knowledge of local flora and fauna, a sense of achievement and a safe space in which to learn and grow.
As a small enterprise it will offer our young people an opportunity to learn the skills involved in running a small business as we work towards selling our produce to the local community and at farmers markets.
Nick Seymour, Allotment Manager.