Edible Landscapes Landscapes conects with The Edge

Permaculture teachers Ruth Robinson and Lewis McNeill introduced over 15 children to permaculture during the school holidays as part of the Edge Youth Hub summer programme. In case you don’t know, permaculture means doing things sustainably, using nature as the starting point. To understand what happens in nature, the children spent lots of time in local parks, playing a range of games, observing and learning about bugs, habitats and pollinators. Newts were found and some of the pupils had a clear aptitude for identifying invertebretes such as butterflies using books-there were clearlydfffgv some budding urban naturalist in the group. The staff at the Edge fully supported the work and the children really enjoyed playing ‘The Web of Life’, ‘Rubbish Relay’, ‘Tree Lucky Dip’, ‘Pollination Treasure Hunt’ and ‘Nature Rap’.  Some children came to 3 out of 4 sessions!

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“Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it”. Sanskrit text 1,500 BC