ORGANIC gardener and radio and television presenter Bob Flowerdew presented the prestigious Food for Life Partnership Silver Award to Damson Wood Infant School recently.
The award ceremony took place at Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham.
Bob Flowerdew said: “This is more than just an award ceremony. This is a celebration of schools that have succeeded in transforming their food culture. Young people in these schools are cooking, growing and eating fresh, seasonal, local and organic food, and reconnecting with the farms that produce their food. These youngsters and their parents are celebrating good food and best of all it’s giving them what will probably be some of the most enjoyable experiences of their school lives.”
Damson Wood Infants School now serves school meals on plates, not flight trays, and has a range of locally sourced and organic items on its lunch menus, thanks to the work of Solihull Caterers. Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and the dining experience, and every pupil has the opportunity to visit a farm and do cooking and food growing activities during his or her time at school. The wider community is also involved in food education via food-themed events.
Malcolm Smith, Lead Garden Education Officer at Garden Organic, said: “Damson Wood have worked incredibly hard to achieve this award, being the first school in Solihull to gain Silver. It is fantastic that the children are now enjoying healthy, more sustainable food at lunchtime, some of which is grown organically in their own garden.”