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Why create and develop a school allotment? REASON 3

Forging and broadening friendships

Spending time in nature, as a child, can lead to more positive attitudes towards themselves, their peers and, of course, the environment.

An allotment site brings people together and connects people, like a social club, from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. The exact same can be said for a school allotment. Classes are often set according to age and ability, you don’t, for example, get Year 11’s learning in the same class as Year 7’s.

A school allotment is not like this! A school allotment brings children and young people, of all ages and abilities, together allowing natural socialising and blending to take place away from the conventional learning environment. A school allotment creates its own positive and inclusive ethos which also provides an excellent opportunity for older years to work with younger years.

Having a school allotment can really be a temporary or even a permanent ‘safe haven’ for children and young people who are perhaps finding it difficult to fit in or to find friends.

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Year 7, 8 and 9 students working together at Reepham High School’s Allotment Project.

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A school allotment is not just about digging and weeding but also very much about social interaction and improving people skills such as ‘talkability’.

Why create and develop a school allotment? 


For the environment, for sustainability and for the future >>


For the mental health and well-being of children and young people >>


Forging and broadening friendships >>


Learning from experience for life >>


Because education has to be more than just about exams >>