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The Bridge Hosts Citywide Gardening Celebration

The Coventry 'Growing With Schools Celebration' has been hosted by The Bridge. 15 schools from across Coventry attended the event along with agencies who promote horticulture. Schools set up displays exhibiting their gardening projects and participated in a number of workshops ranging from handling poultry and growing fresh vegetables to willow weaving. Students met with each other and demonstrated how they have tacked gardening within their schools.

The main aim of the event was to promote a love of gardening and a deeper understanding of where our food comes from.

Contributors and stands included Severn Trent Water teaching water conservation, Tom Hare teaching Willow Weaving, Send A Cow teaching about food production initiatives in Africa, Federation of City Farms teaching about livestock, Victoriana Nurseries who contributed seeds, Ryton Organic Garden teaching planting vegetables from seed. Cardinal Wiseman School brought their sheep (Lucy) and her two lambs to inspire the livestock managers of the future.

The Bridge Garden were runners up in the Healthy Living Category of the Coventry Telegraph Schools Awards earlier this year.

The ‘Growing With Schools’ hub project was set up to do just this for schools in Coventry. It is funded by The JJ Charitable Trust and the Mark Leonard Trust and managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Schools Attending: Christ the King Junior, Hearsall Primary, Coundon Court Secondary, Tiverton Primary, Allesley Primary, Corpus Christi Primary, Stretton Primary, Good Shepherd Primary, All Souls’Primary, St John’s Cof E Primary, Howes Primary, St Christopher’s Primary, Allesley Hall Primary, President Kennedy School