A fruit-full scheme for South Yorkshire schools

editorial image
Have your say

Pupils across South Yorkshire have enjoyed a fruitful project to create orchards in their school grounds.

More than 2,000 schoolchildren across the region have been involved in the Fruit Full Schools scheme, to establish and maintain traditional orchards in their grounds, which is now ending.

Schools taking part in the four-year-project – developed by national school grounds charity Learning Through Landscapes and co-ordinated in the area by The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham – included Seven Hills School in Sheffield city centre and Notre Dame High School in Ranmoor, Sheffield.

Helen Scothorne, Yorkshire and Humberside co-ordinator for the project, said: “Now the project has come to an end, the orchards have been added to the schools’ ground maintenance plan and each school has been encouraged to use the orchard as an outside classroom.

“Each school has different plans for any fruit harvested. Some are giving it away to be used in their local communities and others are turning the fruit into jams and chutneys as part of an enterprise scheme.

“We hope this will help to engage their community with the free local food message.”