Several schools have been included in the Root ‘n’ Fruit initiative.

For example, classes have been held at Root ‘n’ Fruit for 50 pupils, aged 8 and 9, from Moorpark Junior School.

The pupils learned about the growing cycle, nutrition and sustainability, and planted potatoes, onions and leeks at our allotment site.

Teacher Kelly Weir commented:
“All the children were very impressed with the session and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m hoping that the older children will become lead learners and share their new found knowledge, about growing and life cycles of plants, with the Year 3 and Year 4 pupils.”

“We are very keen to continue, and hopefully encourage other schools to participate too. Thank you for asking us to get involved, it’s a great opportunity!”

Year 9 Students from Haywood Academy participated in a competition to design the logo for Root ‘n’ Fruit, with the winning entry now being used on social media, promotional mugs and posters.

Students from City Learning Trust are currently working alongside Staffordshire University Students to create the Root ‘n’ Fruit “BlenderBike” – a bicycle with a blender attached, encouraging people to make their own smoothies using pedal power.  Promoting healthy eating and exercise all in one!

Further school-friendly plans, on the Root ‘n’ Fruit allotment, include the creation of a children’s allotment bed, bug hotels and a wildlife pond.