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Overdale Junior School

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We have a wonderful garden for growing food at Overdale Junior School. Children grow a large variety of seasonal organic vegetables, fruit, salad and herbs. Some of the produce is used for cooking lessons in school and we send some surplus vegetables and herbs to the school kitchen for school meals.

All children have the opportunity to take part in gardening activities  mainly with Mrs Brown and Mrs Stevens.

The school garden is always a hive of activity with lots of exciting events planned!

Upcoming events include:

Meal Barrow Competition – July 2019 - this was a challenge for schools to be creative and design a three course meal (growing at least 5 parts of the meal) and presenting it in a wheelbarrow!  We are delighted to have taken  part in this exciting national competition.  As a result, we won a Gold Award for our school garden in July 2019. Thank you and well done Mrs Brown. 

Grandparents Gardening Week - 27th April- 1 May 2020 – we want to encourage members of the school community including grandparents to help with gardening and planting in school and then reward them with a lovely roast dinner in school! We hope to recruit new members through our Luchtime Companions project. 

In school we have a sensory garden with fruit bushes and plants; we have 4 raised beds where we grow vegetables and a herb garden. We have tools and equipment for children and adults to use and a gardening shed to keep things safe. Children love tending the garden and learning about plants as part of the science & technology curriculum. Pupils harvest fruit and vegetables like rhubarb, pumpkins and herbs for cookery lessons.We encourage parents and grandparents to come and help us with gardening activities and are always looking for extra help and support. If you are willing to help please contact the school office, email: admin@overdale-jun.leicester.sch.uk