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Mars Makeover at St Edmund's

Volunteers make a difference to growing spaces

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On Friday 28th September 2018 a team of volunteers from the Mars Food UK factory in King’s Lynn gave up a day to transform the growing spaces at St Edmund’s Academy. As well as clearing nettles and painting fences to make a safe and attractive environment for the children to work in, they created access to the overgrown orchard so that the abundant crop of apples and pears can be harvested and the space used by the children.

They went above and beyond the brief as, when they found additional fence panels hidden by the nettles, they built a fence stretching across the length of the allotment. The school now has a far bigger and safer space to use for growing as well as a range of other subjects.

Head teacher, Jill Graver, said, “We would like to say thanks from all the staff and children at St Edmund’s for the amazing job the team did in transforming the area. Over the year since their last visit, groups of children have developed a love of growing. With additional space available, more children will be able to access this”.

The teams always work so hard and make a huge difference to the school. St Edmund’s have a wonderful volunteer, Tracey Cornwell, who runs growing and cooking clubs, building on from the transformation the previous team made. Today’s work will open up and make safe more space and resources and so encourage healthy outdoor activity and healthy eating.

I set up and have been running the Mars Food UK School Grounds Development Programme since 2015 and liaise with local schools and teams from the King’s Lynn factory, to design and plan projects related to the growing, cooking and eating of food.

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