Alnwick: garden partners with Traidcraft for exhibition
Children from a school in Northumberland visited The Alnwick Garden Trust for a special preview of a new exhibition and charity partnership between the garden and fair trade charity Traidcraft ...
Children from a school in Northumberland visited The Alnwick Garden Trust for a special preview of a new exhibition and charity partnership between the garden and fair trade charity Traidcraft, taking place over Easter.
The primary pupils, from Ellingham C of E Aided First School in Northumberland, were invited along by Traidcraft to help celebrate the launch of a new charity partnership with The Alnwick Garden Trust, which manages and delivers the attraction’s community projects.
The activity centres around the Garden’s popular “Roots and Shoots” project, which educates children about living a healthy lifestyle and where their food comes from. The Roots and Shoots project teaches children to pot, plant and sow, in an environment where they’re learning and having fun.
Traidcraft is partnering with The Alnwick Garden Trust to promote its ‘Let It Grow’ campaign, which aims to help smallholder farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries to develop their farming practices and in doing so build the skills to trade their way out of poverty.
The pupils brought along their favourite toys and learned about the prized possessions of children growing up in Bangladesh, one of the countries in which Traidcraft operates. Here, children have no choice but to make toys from practically anything they can find, including old tyres and pieces of furniture.
The children finished their day off by making simple ribbon toys, which have become a symbol of the Let It Grow campaign after children in India and Myanmar, whose families are supported by Traidcraft projects, created them to show their support of the organisation’s work.
Diane Lakey, head teacher at Ellingham C of E Aided First School, said: “We were delighted to support Traidcraft and The Alnwick Garden Trust with this campaign as Fairtrade and preparing our pupils to be global citizens are an embedded part of our school ethos. The children loved their time in the Garden, particularly when they got wet by the cascade.”
Let It Grow activities, which take place on April 6, include lessons on potting and planting in the Roots and Shoots Garden; and the chance to show support for the campaign by making brightly coloured ribbon toys.
A striking photography exhibition capturing images of children in Traidcraft communities in rural Bangladesh runs until April 8.
Visitors with an adventurous nature can also discover a bamboo house hidden deep in one of the Garden’s most popular attractions, the bamboo labyrinth. The house is typical of those that farmers in countries such as Myanmar live in with their families.