Limited access to outdoor spaces means children are losing touch with nature to the point where 60% have never climbed a tree and 59% couldn’t identify a bumblebee. Getting our children reconnected with nature is imperative to all our futures and to their wellbeing, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. London has an acute problem with air pollution and Lambeth borough is considered one of the worst for air quality, regularly breaking legal air pollution limits. We believe that through improving green spaces in schools, we can generate positive change to mitigate this and this project is a fantastic opportunity to achieve this.
The goal is to repurpose a neglected space in a Lambeth primary school close to the south circular and plant an orchard rich in fruit varieties, creating shade, edible produce and offering a natural learning environment. Children will learn about sustainability, life cycles and about where food derives. The orchard and wildflowers will attract pollinators, encourage birds and wildlife and will help reduce the impact of air pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide and decreasing water into drains. Funding will enable us to work with the Good Gym to manage volunteers from their network and the school community to clear the space and plant the orchard, or pay for trees or wildflower turf.
Our past projects have shown how successfully we can transform green spaces and help schools maximise the environmental benefits of their outdoor areas by providing them with our practical support and expertise, building strong relationships with the school communities and beyond. We have worked with primary schools and nurseries, building sensory, learning or play areas, setting up gardening clubs and composting facilities, providing training, sourcing materials at affordable rates and connecting with local suppliers and contractors to ensure that we not only support the school on their initial journey, but we continue to partner with them as their outdoor environments flourish and grow.