Green grant to support growth for mind and body

Ruth Peterson | December 15, 2020

A fund set up to support green initiatives has awarded Bradford College £991 for a project to feed bodies and minds.

The DPD Eco Fund has offered Bradford College the funding to buy equipment for a ‘seed to plate’ project, enabling students to grow vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers. The fund was set up by parcel delivery company DPD to support schools, educational facilities, local communities and start-ups across the UK working on green, ecological or sustainability initiatives.

Vegetables growing in a field

The science behind growth

Tracy Wilkinson, 14-16 Manager at Bradford College, said: “This project is about getting young people to learn more outdoors. They will benefit from the artistic, creative, horticultural and practical skills they will develop.”

The ‘grow your own kits’ will give learners aged 14-16 the chance to experience for themselves the science behind growth. At the same time, they will use the products to learn how to make healthy and nutritious meals. The plants and flowers will be used to raise students’ awareness of horticulture and the environment.

The project will engage learners across a variety of areas including arts, sciences and life skills. As well as embedding it into their GCSE science topics, it will support young people’s personal development through Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education. Tracy said: “We can implant the learning in a social sense as well, using the idea of growing your own garden and produce to promote healthy lifestyles.”

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It is one of a number of outdoor learning projects being developed by Bradford College. The college has an outdoor classroom based at its Trinity Green campus, where students can learn more about science and horticulture. Outdoor learning has also been shown to support behaviour management. Tracy explains: “Some of our students may have had some bad experiences from their earlier education. Being outdoors can be a technique for managing behaviour while they’re still learning these new skills.

“It can help calm a lot of people down if they struggle with anxiety around being in a classroom.

Skills for a healthy lifestyle

“At the moment, due to Covid 19, being outdoors is one thing that’s safe to do. It hopefully gets them excited about something other than being indoors at home. Growing their own produce might be something they can do in their own garden and extend to their own family. It helps them to see they can enjoy learning without it being too formal.”

There are also plans to involve the college’s construction curriculum by creating planters for the produce. Tracy added: “We hope it will be something that runs a long time and part and parcel of the curriculum.”

Tracy worked alongside the college’s Projects Team. The team supports departments throughout the college to research and apply for funding opportunities to support a variety of projects. She said: “Working with the projects team has offered us the expertise and support to make a successful bid. Their researching of funding is creating opportunities for the learners that we would not know about.”

Notes to editors

14 to 16-year-olds

Bradford College has a range of part-time and full-time options for young people aged 14 to 16. You can find out more at https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/study/14-to-16/

Outdoor Studies

Our Outdoor Studies Entry 3 and Level 1 introductory course is designed for learners who enjoy being outdoors and who are interested in developing their own skills in varied outdoor experiences.  It is also aimed at young people who are not yet sure about what they want to do and offers them the time for valuable reflection.

We are based at the outdoor classroom at Trinity Green and, alongside formal taught sessions, you will often have the opportunity to choose the activities which you think will most enable you to progress and develop a passion for learning in about the outdoors.

Discover more about this course at https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/course/outdoor-studies-level-1/september-2020/

About DPD

DPD is the UK’s favourite parcel delivery company: voted top in MoneySavingExpert’s consumer satisfaction poll for parcel delivery companies seven years running. 

DPD is a member of DPD group, one of Europe’s leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France’s La Poste, the second largest postal group in Europe.

The company has led the way in terms of investment in sustainable logistics with over 700 electric vehicles already on the road in the UK. In October, DPD announced plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK exclusively with zero and low-emission vehicles by 2025, including Bradford.

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