Outreach Projects


ROBIN HOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN & HARRINGTON HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

OUTREACH PROJECTS SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 2011

Banner Project    ” Fruits of the Future”


We have worked with our local primary school on a beautiful cloth banner which encapsulated the hopes and dreams the children had for their community garden. We worked with Years 1 and 2 to design a fruit – each with a word that represented their wish. We had a range of ideas – from worms to robots to love. The children all were very excited about the garden and learnt a lot about what goes on there. They went home with leaflets and information about how to get more involved. Nicola Godlieb. 2011.

Using mosaic techniques to collage their words onto the fruit

Colourful and bright slogans

ROBIN HOOD ARCHIVE OF THE IMAGINATION . .

 During the digging up of the Robin Hood Garden we found many broken bits of pottery and unusual coins, old toys and even what looks like an old gravestone. We saved these with the aim of making a mosaic table or plaque to commemorate the history of the garden and the stories of the people who came before us.

Project Idea:

The artefacts we found  initiated some great stories from the children who have been on site. Whose salt seller was this? Was this the best Sunday crockery smashed at a wedding? Who played with the toy car before it was lost? It has inspired the idea that these finds could create a wonderful storytelling project with Harrington Hill the local primary school.

Aim:

We worked with children from years 1&2 from Harrington Hill School on the history of the area, the war during which a lot of the streets were bombed. The different buildings which have stood in this area – the invention of Plastic (!)  just a little further down the river Lea, etc.

The children selected a piece of the “buried treasure” cleaned it up using brushes and gloves and wrote down ideas for a story. These were then attached to their object with a card label or parchment, as in a museum display. The project has created an imaginative display for the school foyer, and generated much discussion about the  Robin Hood Garden and also the history of the Area.Nicola Godlieb. 2011.

Cleaning away the years of dirt and occasional bugs!

Working carefully to discover the story behind the artefact

Talking about the stories that might be behind their objects.

Some finished objects with their stories.

More pictures to follow of foyer display piece. . .

The Autumn Half term saw us vote for our funding to put on workshops run by The Fantastic London Wildlife Trust. We had around 12 – 15 children per day and they all learnt amazing things – check out our November archive for the pictures.

 

Community Summer Activities Feedback

October 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

Young People’s Summer Gardening

Our (Grassroots Grants funded) summer gardening sessions for young people provided plenty of fun, exercise and learning for local children and young people.

We ran 7 morning sessions between 10 August and Sept 1st, 2011 and were open to local children as well as linking with nearby playschemes:

Springfield Club for Young People          http://scyp.blogspot.com

‘KIDS’ Disabled Children’s Playscheme

The Beis Rochel Community’s Playscheme for Orthodox Jewish Girls

After a slow start following the riots (it was eerily quiet in the area)  the numbers quickly picked up and everyone enjoyed exploring the sights and tastes of the garden, digging and discovering, watering and caring for the trees and plants, gasping at ‘the world’s biggest apple’, planting bee-friendly plants for our nectar border and using the Kelly kettle to make mint tea.

We were also able to help out High Hill Residents Association by weeding their Stepping Stones Garden which was done with great enthusiasm despite the presence of many spiders!

Many thanks to our regular volunteers who helped the sessions to run smoothly, especially to Pete for his Kelly Kettle skills and commitment.

Comments written in our book:

‘I have learnt that bindweed is not good for plants ’( Emmanuel, 12 years)

‘I had a good time digging, making tea, seeing the world’s biggest apple, love to come again’ (Adora, 9)

‘I have learnt to make mint tea and I am definitely going to do it at home’ (Basil, 12)

‘I picked carrots from the carrot patch and I picked about 6. They need washing, and one radish’.(Rebecca,13)

‘Our girls had a most wonderful informative time here’ (Mrs Hiley, Beis Rochel organiser)

‘The girls really enjoyed themselves especially smelling and picking some of the leaves and plants. Thank you’ (Eidy Peretz, Beis Rochel worker)

‘We had a good time clearing the garden although the huge spiders did put us off’! (Beth 14 and Kelly 11)

‘We had lots of fun and the one teaching us how to cut the plants she was nice and caring’  (Lorelle, 9)

‘I love the mini beasts’ (Jasmine,7)

‘I loved finding new things and a massive stone’ (Charlie,12 and Will, 10)

Katherine Jackson.

9.9.11

 

AND WE HD MANY OTHER OUTREACH PROJECTS IN 2011 THANKS TO OUR FUNDING FROM GRASSROOTS GRANTS. THE MAIN BLOG IS FULL OF PICTURES SO TAKE A LOOK!

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