On Wednesday 6th August, The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation will join forces with Whole Foods Market Kensington High Street on their ‘Community Giving Day’. Five percent of the day’s net sales will go towards working with The Food Explorers programme to build a new Edible Forest Teaching Garden as part of the Holland Park Ecology Centre.
This teaching garden will enable young people from local primary schools with limited access to green space to gain practical experience of where food comes from and how it is grown. This small forest garden will be planted with fruit trees, berries, herbs, vegetables and flowering perennials with an emphasis on native planting.
Central to the Edible Forest Teaching Garden is the belief that food cannot be understood through the classroom environment alone, but requires hands on, indoor and outdoor activity. There are a large number of inner city children who have had very limited exposure to green space and limited opportunities to explore nature or experience gardening. While some schools have space to grow fruit and vegetables on site, many local schools lack this resource as Kensington & Chelsea is the second most densely populated authority in London.