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Edible Playgrounds

Arts into Landscape Learning Environments

The challenge

School Grounds are often no more that deserts of grass or tarmac, creating poor environments with little or no educational function. The Edible Playgrounds Project started by Creative Partnerships, aimed to involve designer makers and creative professionals with the whole school community, in order to develop inclusive, creatively designed school grounds with a broad range of multi-sensory and educational functionality.

What we did

Mike Westley worked as consultant to the Creative Partnership team to design and deliver school grounds evaluation and inclusive design workshops for teachers and their appointed artists in residence, delivered at Eden Project and Trebah Gardens. Mike facilitated Workshops with pupils, involving both special needs unit and other children to develop visions for their own school grounds. In the program of implementation advised on the specific design development and implementation of multi-sensory learning opportunities in School grounds on case study school sites involving throughout Cornwall and the subsequent evaluation of the resulting landscapes success in use.

The result

The project raised the profile and started the culture of inclusive learning landscapes throughout the Cornish project area. Eden Project developed the ‘Gardens for Life’ partner project, which twinned schools in Cornwall with schools in the developing world.

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