A new project to help Bicester primary schools create their own orchards will launch next month.
All primary schools will receive a fruit tree as part of the Grassroots Bicester ‘s ‘Orchards for Schools’ project so that they can create or enhance their very own orchard in the school’s grounds.
Grassroots Bicester with the help of Bicester Village’s Make a Difference Fund are planting over 60 trees in the local and surrounding area schools, enabling children to learn more about growing their own food.
Tia Wedgewood-Cathey from Grassroots Bicester said: “Our project embraces the ethos of the Bicester Acts of Kindness movement. We want to create orchards in all of our Primary Schools in Bicester, enabling them to develop a love for gardening and growing their own food.”
She added: “This project supports the core values in every way by developing social skills in children coming together to learn about gardening. Gardening is proven to combat social isolation, anxiety and aid all aspects of physical and mental health. Gardening together will positively engage the children and give them a sense of achievement when their fruit trees have fruit that they can pick and eat.”
The whole project is focused around healthy lifestyles and teaching children the valuable skills of growing their own food. It will also improve the school’s environment giving everyone at each school a sense of pride in their surroundings. Orchards also create habitats for wildlife and increase bio-diversity.