Case Study: Lichfield Cathedral School
Our school has been working for many months to bring home the harvest. We have planted in late autumn & early spring, using compost from our wormery; the children have helped choose which vegetables, herbs and fruit would thrive in our various raised beds and planting tubs. This has been done with help from enthusiastic parents who have tended the garden all through the summer months, to help make all this fantastic event possible.
Also we have had fund raising activities, and with the support of Brookwood (the schools catering provider), have planted apple & damson trees in the school orchard. Finally our community has had great fun picking all the wonderful produce from our school garden. With help from children and teachers the catering team have brought together the whole school in a celebration of British Food.
All around school the children have been learning the importance of eating a healthy diet, and the great enjoyment, and satisfaction, in seeing all the hard work being put to good use. We have also been foraging and have collected many wonderful hidden surprises to use. Each year group have been involved in planning activities and bringing all kinds of home grown or homemade treats in for us to share.
The children have helped create our special themed menu, they have harvested and helped to prepare vegetable soup, and have learned how to make homemade nut free pesto for our main course. We used plums & apples from our orchard to make dessert, plum & apple oat bake & custard. The children helped to make our very own "Garden Smoothie", again using fruit from our orchard and other foraged treasures.
We have homemade jam's & pickles made with damsons & plums from our orchard, tasting tables of wonderful fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables & local cheeses. Our younger pupils made apple scones to take home. To end the week of fun we had our Harvest Festival in the village Church and at school. Everyone brought in a fabulous amount of food which the school then distributed to the local food banks. Pupils & Staff joined in the fun by having a non uniform Enrichment Day. We had a great day bringing our small school community together to celebrate the wonderful Great British Harvest.
"Dear Mrs Churton & Staff, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the enrichment day and the activities organised. William really enjoyed making the smoothie with Mrs Newman! It is usually a nightmare to get him to eat fruit!! George and Grace enjoyed the special lunch for the harvest as it is their first since our move from South Africa. Keep up the good work" Helen Eardley-Taylor, parent.