High School Allotment - Stand 33
‘This will be our third year taking part in Reepham Food Festival and we extremely looking forward to being involved in such a fantastic event for the Reepham community. We are delighted, and with great proudness, to report that so many things have developed at The Allotment Project which is now a national and regional award winning school allotment and sustainability learning zone for children and young people at Reepham High School College. We have been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Campaign for School Gardening’ as one of the leading school gardens in the country and have even featured on national news. The Allotment Project, for two years running (2018 & 2019), has won the ‘eco-secondary school’ category at the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards with Matt Willer, the teacher who started the project in 2015, also winning the ‘Eco-Hero’ award for Norwich and Norfolk. Matt has also won The Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Campion of the Year award. The Allotment Project uses many ‘permaculture’ ideas and inspirations throughout the whole site to help us grow food for the school and local community.
We will be warmly welcoming visitors all day to The Allotment Project and we are all very enthusiastic to do so! Children and young people, including our parent and community volunteers, will be around to show members of the public all our developments and continued progress with:
- Our up and coming ‘eco-building’ (outdoor classroom)
- Our ‘rope pumps’ and other sustainable rainwater systems
- The second 30ft long polytunnel and our other growing areas made from ‘upcycled’ materials.
- The livestock area
- Beehive area
- Woodland area
- The compost zone
- The ‘eco/library bus’ (on-site library and environmental learning area).
- The awesome things that we have done with the 200 or so fly-tipped car tyres that college students have collected in the Reepham area.
- And many, many more developments since last year.