A whole curriculum of learning is taking root

Oxford Mail: Callum Painter, five, and landscape architect Sue Chamberlin help pupils and parents plant trees as part of Fruitshare Project at St Laurence School in Warborough Callum Painter, five, and landscape architect Sue Chamberlin help pupils and parents plant trees as part of Fruitshare Project at St Laurence School in Warborough

TEACHERS could base a whole curriculum on an apple tree, according to landscape architect Sue Chamberlin.

She has been redesigning the grounds of St Laurence Primary School in Warborough and she helped plant 20 different fruit trees there to teach children about healthy eating, pollination and more.

The orchard full of old English varieties of pears and apples was bought by parents at the school through TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fruit Share project.

Mrs Chamberlin, 47, whose son Daniel goes to the school, planted the trees on Friday.

She said: “You could base a whole curriculum around an apple tree.

“The orchard is at the front of the school and they will be able to see the apples growing, eat them, cook with them and see the bees pollinating the tree.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about healthy eating and where our food comes from.”

The school in Thame Road is planning to plant several hundred more free trees, this time from the Woodland Trust, in a nature conservation area.

Mrs Chamberlin is also creating a new woodland adventure play area as part of the project.

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