Pupils at Shoeburyness school promoting therapeutic gardening

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Pupils from Friars Primary School

A mental health charity has once again teamed up with a Shoeburyness primary school as part of its ‘Growing Together’ initiative which promotes therapeutic gardening.
The project between Friars Primary School and TrustLinks has been established for over three years now.
It involves every Year 5 pupil having the opportunity to spend one day a week for half a term at the Shoeburyness Growing Together community garden.
Each group is taken to the site with a member of staff from the school and they meet the TrustLinks garden coordinator and a volunteer.
Friars-TrustLinks-2Whilst at the site the children have their own plot of land to cultivate, plan and choose their own crops. From sowing the seeds to harvest time and cooking with the delicious vegetables, the children are responsible for the crop.
The children also have the wildlife pond, bird hide, beehives, compost heaps and extensive gardens to explore and use as their learning environment. maths, english and science all come alive with the help of the great outdoors, whatever the weather.
They also benefit from developing their social skills and team building skills through various activities including looking after the resident guinea pigs.
Parents are invited to visit the site to take part in activities with the children who often go on to attend the Youth Group, a club run at TrustLinks site from April to October on a Wednesday between 4-6pm.
Pupils bring their skills back to school and care for the school allotment and Friendship Garden.

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