Birmingham Schools prep their veg for BBC Gardeners World Live Show

Green fingered pupils from across Birmingham have been growing their own ‘meal in a barrow’ in time for the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show.

Around 50 schools across Birmingham, including pupils from Bournville Junior School, have been growing their own fruit and vegetables for the event which will showcase their skills achieved through participation in Health for Life, a community partnership programme funded by Mondelēz International.

The programme aims to make a sustained improvement in healthy lifestyles in local communities across south Birmingham and in the last five years has reached over 125 Primary and Secondary schools who have undertaken various activities including food growing, physical activity, healthy eating and cookery. 

With help from the experts at TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and supported by the Health Education Service (HES) Health for Life schools were invited to create a ‘meal in a barrow’ packed full of fruit and vegetables they have grown themselves, which will then take pride of place at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show at the NEC on June 15-18.

 The 50 wheelbarrows will be judged by experts and part of the show’s celebrations of BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World turning 50 this year.

Marie Wellings from TCV said:

Health for Life is a great initiative for children throughout Birmingham to find out how and where their food comes from through the medium of gardening.  We have worked with so many pupils and they have all been very excited about this project, and have even gone home to tell their parents to grow their own fruit and veg at home.

Rose Bassett, aged 10 from Bournville Junior School said:

We love gardening at school and it’s so exciting to see our plants grow into fruit and vegetables we can eat. My Dad already grows his own vegetables at home and it’s made me want to help him more now.

The school has recently had a raised bed garden installed on site by volunteers from Mondelēz International, and more plans are in place for more garden-based activities in the near future.

 Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, added:

Our Health for Life programme is all about making a sustained improvement in healthy lifestyles in our local communities across south Birmingham. It’s great to see the children enjoying the food growing element and wanting to grow their own vegetables at home. A big thank you to all the schools for getting involved and also for the BBC Gardeners’ World Show organisers for involving us in this great event.

Sarah Sandys-Renton, Senior Brand and PR Manager for BBC Gardeners' World Live said:

We cannot wait to see the wheelbarrows at the show. The pupils have been hard at work preparing them and it’s great to see them not only being inspired in the garden but also looking at living a healthy life.

For more details on the show, visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

For more information about Health for Life, visit www.tcv.org.uk/midlands/health-for-life

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