On behalf of Northbury School, Food for Life and the Soil Association are urgently looking for donations to help rebuild their prized garden that has been devastated by a vicious fire.
On Monday the 3rd April, pupils and staff arrived at Northbury Primary School to find their much loved, mature vegetable garden burnt to the ground. Before the fire, the primary school had been working hard to provide healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community through our School Awards programme.
The garden has been a key part of this work, helping to improve pupil health and wellbeing. Being situated in one of London’s most disadvantaged communities, the vegetable garden had previously given children, and their families, an opportunity to get outdoors and experience vegetable growing in their own neighbourhood.
Israa, a pupil at the school said:“I really miss the fruits we were growing. I liked to see them grow and we checked on them every day. They made the playground look better, they gave it shine! I’m proud of my school garden because it’s an important part of the school. It’s the healthy part of our school.”
Though the fire may have consumed the school’s shed, green house and lovingly tendered crops, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, staff and pupils are not prepared to give up. With the help of generous donations, this Barking primary school can rebuild and continue its impressive work towards improving health within the local community. No donation is too small, with every contribution going some way to help pay for new seeds, infrastructure and equipment.
Visit our crowdfunding page if you'd like to help Northbury Primary reach their target.