December marks the start of the second year of our Young Marketeers Winter Sale involving four schools in Southwark. Later this month, each school will be visiting the Fareshare London depot where they will witness what happens to the nearly 8,000 tonnes of food saved from waste and understand of the challenge of food poverty. All the money they raise at the Sale Day in February will be used FareShare to re-distribute meals to vulnerable families across the capital.
With the nights drawing in, our woodland walks have been lit by lantern and fire light. Celebrating the changing seasons, we’ve been warming hearts with our winter wishes – in the form of magical ‘dew drops’, children get to make a wish of kindness, for someone (or something) in need of a wish or two…During the last month over 1000 people have joined us in magical woodlands around Scotland, to celebrate Winter, in all it’s frosty glory!
Rowanbank aims to reach those who otherwise might not have access to the arts, and inspire them with the wonder, joy and peace that their local green space can provide…
Many many thanks to Vegware for your on-going support :0)
Out and About
On 22 Nov we had our first session of this school year with Tollcross Primary School. The bright and lively P5s went out with Anna for a lovely walk and introductory session to the John Muir Award and their first outing to the Canal. As the local section of towpath was closed for some winter servicing, they instead visited the old North British Rubber Company HQ (soon to house the Edinburgh Printmakers’ fabulous arts venue), and the “Meanwhile” site, with all its amazing community projects – which are about to disappear because the site is due to be redeveloped soon. So the children got to see a bit of Canal community history in the making!
Growing Award Report for Vegware
November 18th 2016
On 16th November we heard we have been successful in getting 12 months funding from Awards for All – which is fantastic! In addition to the baseline support we are currently offering this will allow us to:
- Increase staff covering the project from 2 very part-time posts (about 8 hours a month) to up to 4 hours a week until December 2017
- Support 10 new schools to start the Growing Award over the next 12 months
- Continue to support those that are currently doing it, including produce and present certificates to those that request them
- Deliver 3 twilight/CPD sessions across Highland in early 2017
- Promote the Award at events and through on-line support and materials
- Develop the Award for adult groups and those independent of schools
- Identify and train 3 volunteers, or those working for other organisations to support schools further afield than Inverness/East Ross area
- Work towards making the Award self-sustaining by early 2018.
November sees the launch of our brand new enterprise project for secondary school students, Know Your Onions. The programme will support schools develop food growing spaces and, with the help of a professional chef, give them top tips on how to cook what they harvest. Students will also get the chance to see food growing at scale with a visit to a Market Garden in London to develop ideas on how to make their school gardens more productive and planet friendly. At the end of the school year, students will harvest and sell their produce at their local street markets to raise money for more food education activities.
Good Morning, We would like to say thank you to the community team at Vegware for the support being provided on our new venture within the grounds of Batley Girls High School as the management of the farm is transferred to volunteers.
We know the new team have to focus on the basics as the foundations laid will help us build with strength and looking back is often a good place to start moving forward!
The conditions during the winter months can be a bit grim to say the least as the clay soil soon becomes waterlogged as the photo attached taken in January indicates and our attempts to install land drainage has only been partially successful within a small area. So we certainly have a massive task ahead.
The Rowanbank team has been really busy facilitating ‘imaginary forest’ workshops in primary schools in Craigmillar, in the lead up to our ‘magical woodland walk’ in Craigmillar Castle Park. Over 120 local people joined our forest circus to celebrate the Autumn harvest!
We’ve also been running staff training sessions with teachers and learning assistants, on using creative approaches in outdoor learning.
Our stilt walking performers have been delighting audiences at the ‘Enchanted Forest’ (with over 70,000 visitors during the month of October!!)
It’s been a spooky time recently, what with all the Halloween/Samhuinn celebrations. As part of our on-going commitment to engage with disadvantaged communities throughout Scotland, we teamed up with the Forestry Commission to provide a night time walk in Todds Well Woods, in Easterhouse, Glasgow (see attached photo).
We have been working in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, on a ‘magical woodland walk’ and ‘imaginary forest project’: Working with the children and staff from Castleview, Niddriemill & St Francis Primary Schools, our imaginary forest workshops and CPD sessions aim to inspire creative approaches to outdoor learning, using whatever outdoor space a school has available (even if there is not a tree or flower in sight!) These school based workshops led up to our big community event, which brought over 120 people into Craigmillar Castle Park to enjoy our forest circus, which was themed around the Autumn harvest.
Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education is committed to working with people that otherwise might not have easy access to the arts & green space, and inspiring them to use their local environment for outdoor learning, play and creativity…Thank you Vegware for continuing to support our environmental work in socially deprived communities around Scotland :0)
Schools that have received Growing Award certificates June – October 2016.
Carbost Primary School, Skye
Eigg Primary School
Smithton Primary School, Inverness
Raigmore Primary School, Inverness
Resolis Primary School still doing the Award
As a result of the Vegware funding we now have a monthly budget of around £130 (secure until April 2017) for Sarah and Toni to:
The 5th anniversary of our Young Marketeers Harvest Sale was a huge success this month with our tiny market traders raising £395 for food surplus charity FareShare. Students from 15 schools across London set up shop at Borough Market to sell their school-grown Autumn produce which included plenty of pumpkins, squash, apples, beetroot. Back in the Spring, schools received gardening training from Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins and a visit to borough Market to learn trade secrets on how to create a winning stall. An eye-opening visit to the FareShare depot showed students how the money they would raise would be used.