On Friday 4th May, a group of year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students visited the Organiclea Cooperative at Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford.  The nursery is an organic plant nursery and food growing production site run by a dedicated team of growers and volunteers, encouraging more food growth in London.  The produce grown is sold through local market stalls and to community food projects.

During the visit, the students attended a growing workshop and discussed the importance of respecting and using land to grow food. They visited the extensive glasshouses, beehive area, fruit growing orchards, kitchen garden and were also able to sample some of the produce.  The students also completed a seed sowing exercise, planting some runner beans.

This trip, organised by the ADT Department, enabled the boys to gain an insight into the benefits of the school growing its own produce.  They were also able to understand how this links to other curriculum areas such as Science, Geography and Citizenship, enables them to gain life skills, makes them environmentally aware and also encourages good health and well-being.

Hawkwood Nursery: Plants and People