Health - Growing interest

16th October 2009 at 01:00

Every school in Glasgow is to be linked with an allotment to promote healthy eating to new generations and educate children about the environment.

The pilot project by Glasgow City Council will encourage thousands of pupils to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers. The authority hopes that by teaching thousands of children about basic food costs, crop rotation and recycling, their parents and families will grow and cook fresh produce at home. This follows a successful partnership between a handful of schools and various local authority and private allotments.

Under its remit, the new scheme, which will require "minimal financial support", allotments will be created in the grounds of every school. Where space is unavailable, pupils will be allocated plots on existing sites nearby.

A spokesperson for the council said the initiative was expected to have indirect benefits, such as behavioural improvement and better team- working. It will also provide links to various curricular areas - natural history, science, geography, the human environment, health and well-being, personal and social education, citizenship, and eco-school education.

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