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Bulb hero: Jenny Hindson, Edible Playgrounds project

Bulb hero: Jenny Hindson, manager of the Edible Playgrounds project

Meet Jenny who runs the Edible Playgrounds project at our charity partner Trees for Cities. Jenny won an award this year for her outstanding contribution to outdoor learning. Find out why.

Jenny is a Bulb hero. She runs the Edible Playgrounds project at our charity partner Trees for Cities. And this year Jenny won the ‘Learning outside the classroom award’, supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery. Along with her team, Jenny is proud to build these magical outdoor spaces for inner-city kids. We think they’re just the bee's knees.

Jenny and her team build awesome outdoor spaces in inner city schools where kids are often disconnected from nature. Edible Playgrounds are as great as they sound. They are a place for kids to sow and grow veg, but are also a space for learning more generally. Teachers are taught to take classes like maths or English outside to learn through the garden. We share Jenny’s view that taking kids out of the classroom and learning in a real life setting is a great way to teach. As Jenny says, “I love it when I show them a pea seed and they are amazed that it looks like a pea and that they are, in fact, sowing a pea to make a pea! That is a much better way to learn about the lifecycle of a plant than from a poster.”

Hitherfield Primary in London learn how to plant out herbs
Hitherfield Primary in London learn how to plant out herbs.

At Bulb, we think this work is so important. The benefits of an Edible Playground are enormous. They help establish a pattern for healthy eating which will stay with pupils throughout their lives. In schools with Edible Playgrounds, children sometimes beg staff to let them eat kale at lunchtime - Jenny wonders how many parents have had that happen to them! And they help the future generation to love our planet. We fight for what we love, so raising a generation of kids connected to nature is an important part of protecting the future of the planet. At Chesterton primary school in Wandsworth, London (which Bulb helped Jenny and her team to build) the kids created a diary for the playground, including a 360 degree virtual tour! Check it out

Thank you to Jenny and the Edible Playgrounds team - for every switch to Bulb, we give £2 to this project and we couldn’t be prouder to do so. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. Jenny had an idea for a lesson plan - "Explore how a cabbage is like a solar panel?". We can’t wait to see how that one works out!

This festive season we are celebrating 10 Bulb heroes - a collection of people we think are doing a world of good. Watch out for a new hero every day and learn more about how they are working to make the world a better place.