The documents below represent evidence from a range of bodies, organisations & authorities supporting the need to engage communities, especially young people, with the outdoor environment and local communities.

Food Growing Schools London

Food Growing Schools: London is a partnership that was developed as a response to the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report developed in March 2012. The page presents a series of research documents about the benefits of food growing to schools, individuals, and the wider community, created by members of the partnership and other experts in the school food growing field.

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School Food Matters

The school meals improvement campaign ran between 2007 and 2011. The purpose of the campaign was to improve primary school meals in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames provided under the Council contract.
The key questions addressed by the evaluation are:

  • Was the campaign effective or would the improvements have happened anyway?
  • Did the campaign deliver its goals or were the goals achieved as a result of other stakeholders’ efforts?
  • Could the campaign be replicated elsewhere or was it a one-off?
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The School Food Plan

The School Food Plan is exactly that – an agreed plan that has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations who are going to support head teachers to improve food in their schools.This plan is about good food and happiness. It is about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It is also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation.

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The Food Growing in Schools Taskforce

The Food Growing in Schools Taskforce, led by Garden Organic, was established as a response to increasing concerns about the health and well-being of our children and young people, and a confidence that food growing in schools is a successful way of dealing with these concerns, delivering many benefits. The report demonstrates the impact food growing in schools can have, explains why it is so powerful as a catalyst for change, and outlines what must be done to ensure that every child and young person, school and community, experiences the potential benefits of participation.

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Food for Life Partnership – Good Food for All

Good Food for All describes the impact of the Food for Life Partnership in its first five years of funding by the BIG Lottery. The report summarises the evidence from three independent research studies. It focuses in particular on the four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.

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Sustain – The Children’s Food Campaign

The Children’s Food Campaign wants to improve young people’s health and well-being through, good food and real food education in every school, protecting children from junk food marketing, and clear food labeling that everyone including children can understand. We believe that these ideas will help to solve the current crisis in children’s diets.

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Royal Horticultural Society – Horticulture Matters

Horticulture Matters by the RHS was presented to the House of Commons calling for government action to urgently address the skills gap in the horticultural industry. A survey of 200 horticultural businesses conducted by the Society has demonstrated that more than 70% of horticultural businesses cannot fill skilled vacancies, nearly 20% are forced to recruit overseas and almost 70% claim that career entrants are inadequately prepared for work.

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Ecominds report: Feel better outside, feel better inside

Highlights the benefits to mental and physical well being of working and interacting with the outdoor environment. (Read the full report).

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Devon County Council & NHS Devon: Health & Well being strategy

Looks at the range of factors affecting peoples mental health & well being and also addresses the gap in health & well-being between different social and economic groups in Devon. Through working with communities on a local level with the school as a hub and a focus on food and wider environmental education the GDSP can provide a significant contribution in this area. (Read the full report)

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DEFRA: The Natural Choice, Securing the value of nature

The report highlights the need to make connections between everyday actions and the wider environment with one of the aims being to, ‘strengthen the connection between people and nature to the benefit of both’ (Read the full report)

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Changing Our Futures

Changing Our Futures: Recognising that learning should secure the successful and rounded development of all children and young people, and to contribute more widely to the wellbeing of their communities, Devon County Council commits itself to Learning for Sustainability. This encompasses all of the different processes that advance knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and empower individuals and communities to pursue social justice, economic security, environmental stewardship and civic democracy.

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