Savills dig deep to get Great Yarmouth school growing

Thanks to the hard work of a team from Savills digging new vegetable beds, North Denes Primary School in Great Yarmouth will be able to grow their own food - an essential aspect of our Food Discovery Programme. North Denes have just started on their Food Discovery journey with us, however the school were unable to begin growing until some tough groundwork and digging had been done. This is when volunteers from local agents Savills stepped in and devoted their time free of charge to prepare new growing areas. The team at Savills Norwich office has selected the Country Trust as their chosen charity for the next two years.

David Merrick, head of Savills Norwich office, said: “Food and farming is a key part of our business and we were only too happy to volunteer our time and share our passion for the countryside with children from North Denes School. We have a very strong rural division across the East of England and initiatives such as this run by the Country Trust are vitally important so that the younger generation can explore where their food comes from and understand how it’s grown. Everyone involved in creating the vegetable patches had a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing the results.”

As part of the project, children explore and taste new foods and organise and run their own playground farmers’ market. Friends and family also join them for a harvest feast they have prepared.  They develop new skills such as budgeting and the art of selling, and they meet role models through farm visits and a local food heroes initiative.

Food Discovery Coordinator Emily Walmsley said: “Most of these children do not have gardens at home, and a lot of them have never grown anything before.

“It is an amazing opportunity for them to see where their food comes from and how it grows. It is a new and exciting experience for these children and they will also learn how to be responsible, looking after their own beds.”

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