The Real Food Team from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG), a £1million Big Lottery funded community food campaign to inspire the people of Wythenshawe about the food they eat, recently hosted an art exhibition of chicken inspired designs by students (aged 16-18) from Melland High School in Gorton and attended by local pupils from Haveley Hey Primary School.
The Real Food team work closely with staff in Wythenshawe Park and their ever-growing band of volunteers to encourage and support people to learn how to grow their own produce and cook healthy, economical meals using local, seasonal produce. In recent months they have been joined by staff and students from Melland High School in Gorton, who have travelled to Wythenshawe Park and Farm to help and learn about gardening, planting and harvesting.
The event was also attended as a reward trip by the most well behaved pupils from local Haveley Hey Primary School who had excelled in the school’s Rights and Respect Programme. Reward trips are used so that the children can develop their understanding of the local area and community.
During this project the Melland students have taken a keen interest in the RHS gold award-winning garden that was brought back to Wythenshawe Park by WCHG after their success at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park last summer. Inspired by the chicken house, the students undertook an art project to create chicken related designs and this was celebrated and officially handed over to the Real Food Team at an exhibition of their work on Wednesday, 1st April.
During a fun filled day of art, gardening and cooking demonstrations
Pamela Moran, the Cooking and Behaviour coordinator for the Real Food Team said; “Working alongside these students has been an absolute delight. Their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to the garden has been brilliant. We are thrilled with their chicken inspired art work and we will be putting them on permanent display on the chicken house in the walled garden.”
This project has been a very successful pilot project which the Real Food Team will use to inspire local students about ‘real food’ and educate them – from plant to plate – about the food they eat.