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Celebrating 100 Edible Playgrounds

The children at St Mark's Primary School celebrate 100 Edible Playgrounds

Trees for Cities, our charity partner, have now built 100 Edible playgrounds in schools across the country. We’re proud to help fund these vibrant outdoor spaces that teach children about the natural world. In celebration of this milestone, we caught up with the team to reflect on our partnership so far and to look at what’s in store for the future.

Growing together to build Edible Playgrounds

For every switch to Bulb, we donate £1 to the Edible Playgrounds project at Trees for Cities. With this funding, the charity transforms areas in inner-city schools into vibrant outdoor spaces that teach children about growing and eating healthy food. Teachers use the Edible Playgrounds to educate children about the natural world, while they enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning.

Thanks to our members, we’ve raised £2 million for the charity so far. The Trees for Cities team has been growing alongside Bulb, with the team tripling in size. And this week, the charity opened their hundredth Edible Playground at St. Mark’s Primary School in London.

Celebrating 100 Edible Playgrounds at St Mark's Primary School, London.

Helping to raise a generation of children connected to nature is an important part of protecting the future of the planet, which is core to Bulb’s mission. It's why we’re so proud to work with Trees for Cities, and to have played a part in achieving this milestone. Congratulations to all the team at Trees for Cities.

Continuing to green up education

Recently, we’ve worked with Trees for Cities and the Mayor of London’s office on a new project helping children to build new connections to the natural world through reading. The charity has been working to place a copy of The Lost Words, a book which explores words about the natural world, into every state primary school in London – more than 2500 of them. The book was published in response to the removal of everyday words that connect to nature, like “acorn”, “bluebell”, “kingfisher” and “wren” , from a widely used children’s dictionary. The publishers took the decision to remove those words as children were hardly using them. Getting these books into London schools is another way in which we’re working with Trees for Cities to help green up early education here in London.

And beyond this, we’ll continue to fund Trees for Cities as they aim to build more Edible Playgrounds over the coming years. We’re excited to be heading to more locations outside London, including Birmingham, to bring the benefits of Edible Playgrounds to children across the country.


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