Tottenham gardeners plan to teach children about nature

Robbie Samuda works with volunteers in the Broadwater Farm garden

Robbie Samuda works with volunteers in the Broadwater Farm garden

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An environmental charity that has been honing Tottenham people's gardening skills now hopes to run educational workshops for children.

Harmony Gardens next to the Broadwater Farm Community Centre has been cultivated by members of ‘Back to Earth’, along with volunteers from different sections of the local community.

Martin Burrows, of Prospect Place, Tottenham, is one of the founders of the group and has been working in the community in the garden since 2011.

He said: “The idea is to make a bit of the garden children’s area and to grow a mixture of fruiting and decorative plants. Our aim is to provide learning opportunities for local children in an outdoor classroom.”

Mr Burrows added that he hoped to teach children about sustainability. He said: “Everything in the garden is made from recycled material, apart from the apple and pear tunnel and the polytunnel.

“We should use the best use of the planet we can, and at the moment, we don’t do that. People need to start treating the planet better.

“We get all sorts of people coming to help in the garden, from people doing Community Payback to corporate volunteers from big companies like Deloitte.”

Robbie Samuda, a co-founder of the Broadwater Farm project, said he wanted to educate children about where their food really comes from.

He currently teaches gardening to children in two Haringey primary schools, and hopes the children visiting the garden will be encouraged to grow their own vegetables.

He said: “I’m a gardener, but also a chef. Children think that milk comes from Tesco rather than from a cow. We need to get them outside, growing things.”

Keith Shallcross, who has worked in the garden since 2011, said that children would learn a lot about nature from visiting the garden.

He said: “Children will see the insects in action and pollination happening. They can go pond dipping and look at the creatures in the pond.”

Frith Taylor, of Alfoxton Avenue, has just started working in the garden as a volunteer. She said: “I think it’s really important to do something outdoors, and it would be good to teach children that from a young age."

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