RHS Chelsea 2008

Edible Playground Garden

This garden was designed by Nick Williams-Ellis, constructed by us and sponsored by Dorset Cereals. It was created by Nick to inspire schools across the UK to build their very own vegetable gardens within their grounds for growing their own food.  It is about teaching children where food comes from and sharing the fun and satisfaction of growing and cooking your own.

The garden offers raised oak beds for ease of the children to garden, a water butt collecting water off the roof of the classroom which in turn is connected to a watering system through the beds.  It also has a compost bin for all kitchen and garden waste, a tree seat with a 30 year old Knarled apple tree that gives the shade lifted from a Dorset orchard.  The garden is also full of delightful edible plants offering colour, texture and taste for schools from Bulls Blood Beetroot to Thornless Blackberries, Alpine Strawberries and Corsican Mint.  We were all very keen for this garden to be recycled so that its life wouldn’t end at the Chelsea Flower Show and it was rebuilt at St Mary’s Primary School in Bridport.