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Eastfeast joins Groundwork East

Suffolk-based schools arts and horticultural charity Eastfeast is joining forces with Groundwork East, meaning schools will benefit from an even wider range of fantastic environmental education projects.

As of 1 April 2016, Eastfeast will become an arm of Groundwork East, the community charity with a green heart. Groundwork has been changing places and changing lives for over 30 years and has extensive experience in delivering environmental education projects with schools, children’s centres and other education providers.

This union means that the brilliant Eastfeast projects and expertise will continue while benefiting from access to Groundwork’s substantial resources and extensive operational and project-delivery experience.

Steve Harvey, Groundwork East’s Executive Director, said: “Groundwork is passionate about encouraging children and young people to understand their links with and impact on the environment and Eastfeast’s food-growing approach fits brilliantly with this. We’re really looking forward to working with even more schools in their ‘outdoor classrooms’ over the coming months and years.”

William Notcutt, Chairman of Eastfeast, said: “For over 10 years Eastfeast has engaged with a team of professional gardeners and artists to deliver a series of linked but independent creative learning programmes for schools in East Suffolk. Joining with Groundwork East will enable more schools and more pupils to benefit from our work: the focus is food and where it comes from; the process is creative, engaging the imagination; and the product is learning and understanding.”

We look forward to working with schools across the eastern region in 2016 – and beyond! If you’d like to find out more or want to work with us, please contact Debbie Cowley, on debbie.cowley@groundwork.org.uk or 01473 350370.

 About Groundwork

Changing places, changing lives – one green step at a time.    Big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact.   We work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.

We provide training and create jobs, reduce energy and waste, re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods. Step by step we’ll go on changing places and changing lives until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential.

 For more information visit http://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/east

About Eastfeast 

Eastfeast is a team of professional gardeners, artists and teachers that helps schools deliver more effective learning based on working a school allotment through the seasons, culminating in a community feast. We work with students and teachers to develop the outdoor classroom, cultivating shared learning about the world in which we live, through food and art.

Started in 2005 with a year long pilot programme at Aldeburgh Primary School in Suffolk, the Eastfeast project continues to evolve, in partnership with a growing number of schools in East Anglia, through a series of linked but independent creative learning programmes.   Joint professional development of teachers, artists and other creative practitioners, eg gardeners, is a key characteristic.

The focus is food and where it comes from.

The process is creative, engaging the imagination.

The product is learning and understanding.

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