We redeveloped some disused land in 2018 to home our school allotment garden and greenhouse.
We have been growing vegetables and fruit in it ever since.
Y5 and Y6 are responsible for the upkeep, sowing, potting, pinching out, growing on and caring for the area and groups of 7-8 children do this every day February - October come rain or shine!
We have grow about 200 different types of vegetables, herbs and spices in our allotment garden or in the heritage veg garden in the last few years. All of the food is cooked and eaten by the school community, more often than not in the school canteen.
The children in Y5 and Y6 have been winning awards from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) since early 2020 for our allotment gardens. The children have gained certification in all 5 levels of horticultural skills and 6 children were invited to the RHS Chelsea Flower show each year.
In addition to the allotments we have some of the best city school gardens in the country all planted and tended by the children @CCSJ the grounds are just beautiful in spring and summer.
Our vision for extending our teaching environment at school has resulted in us (105 families) also planting 100 trees on our forest school site in 2018 - all reimagined from waste land left over from having our Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) built. We have imported trees from as far afield as Korea, Japan, India and Canada to be planted side-by-side with woodland species of trees indigenous to the UK.
It's a spectacular sight in Spring and Autumn. You'll see children from all year groups out here each day, lighting fires, chopping wood, setting up shelters and working with tools or just possibly enjoying some peace and quiet from their hectic schedules.