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Edible Playgrounds

Many children in inner city areas don’t know where their food comes from

Increasingly exposed to unhealthy food choices and with limited opportunities to grow and eat good food, one in three children leaving primary school are overweight or obese. 

Edible Playgrounds offer a lively, engaging, multi-sensory way to teach children about growing and eating healthy food. Aside from the physical health benefits that eating well brings, learning in an outdoor environment combats Nature Deficit Disorder and has been shown to increase mental health by boosting mood, confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, allowing the children to connect with nature develops attentiveness and self-reliance in the pupils, leading to more sustainable behaviours in the long term. 

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Edible Playgrounds have been created across the UK

We’ve already created 141 Edible Playgrounds, which supports thousands of children across the UK. But we want to make more, and we need your help to do it.

Find out how

Check out some of our Edible Playgrounds projects

  • Lyng Primary school
    West Bromwich

    At Lyng Primary we wanted to enhance their outdoor learning opportunities. We would never have thought that this project would be partnering with the food bank during a pandemic. ​

  • Aquarius Young Peoples Centre
    Birmingham

    The new Edible Playground has given the young people at Aquarius a garden for fruits, vegetables and herbs, alongside sensory and wildlife areas to spend time in.

  • Blessed Sacrament Primary School
    Liverpool

    A ‘hub school’ that is keen to share best practice with other schools, Blessed Sacrament can thank the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust for making their plans a reality.

  • Loxford School
    London

    The Loxford Edible Playground is the largest project we have completed to date, designed to be used by children in both primary and secondary school.

  • Hitherfield Primary school
    London

    Your memories of school dinners might involve soggy sandwiches or lumpy custard, but today lots of schools are embracing new ventures that celebrate growing and eating good food.

  • Fairchildes Primary and Meridian High School
    London

    These are two of Croydon’s Food Flagship Schools, supported by the Mayor of London, and they’re leading the way in encouraging the local people to grow and eat healthy food.

  • St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School
    Liverpool

    Academic research has shown that food-growing in schools has a positive impact on pupils’ diets, attitudes towards healthy eating and levels of physical activity.

93%

of teachers told us ​that Edible Playgrounds had a positive impact on pupils’ attitude towards healthy eating.