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Gardening project offers £2,000 grants to rejuvenate allotments in Newham’s schools

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 March 2018

School Food Matters is offering grants to schools to develop their allotment spaces and gardens. Picture: School Food Matters

School Food Matters is offering grants to schools to develop their allotment spaces and gardens. Picture: School Food Matters

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A campaign to provide sustainable food in schools is offering £40,000 worth of grants to children in Newham.

Up to £40,000 is being handed out to build greenhouses, garden beds and provide food training for pupils and teachers. Picture: School Food MattersUp to £40,000 is being handed out to build greenhouses, garden beds and provide food training for pupils and teachers. Picture: School Food Matters

School Food Matters is dishing out grants of £2,000 for growing projects, including building garden beds, adding greenhouses or rejuvenating abandoned allotment spaces.

Their aim is to improve the quality and delivery of school meals, making them more environmentally friendly.

Grants are also on offer to build sensory gardens for special needs students, as well as food growing training for staff and pupils.

Applications are open until April 6, or until 80 applications have been received.

School Food Matters is offering grants to schools to develop their allotment spaces and gardens. Picture: School Food MattersSchool Food Matters is offering grants to schools to develop their allotment spaces and gardens. Picture: School Food Matters

To be eligible, gardens in need of revitalising must be edible – growing fruits, grains or vegetables – and must be located on school grounds. Schools must also send in a photo of their current garden.

Applications will be reviewed and the winners notified by May 11, and funding will be allocated by October 19.

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