Dunhurst Soup Share for Charity
Keen gardeners at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst in Steep enjoyed harvesting the fruits of their labour last week while getting involved in a charity ‘Big Soup Share’.
The school, which attained a level 5 gardening award – the highest possible – from the Royal Horticultural Society last year, put out a call for home-grown veg to be donated to the school as well as using their own produce from the school garden. The pupils then spent their lessons on Friday morning cooking up a delicious broth to sell at break times.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening initiated the Big Soup Share as part of its tenth birthday celebrations and Dunhurst pupils grabbed at the chance to show off their growing as well as cooking skills. The proceeds from the soup share will go to Crisis – the national homeless charity.
Head of Outdoor Work at Dunhurst, Ryan Walsh said: “It was a fantastic day, our pupils loved making and tasting the soup and we sold over 100 cups for charity. Many pupils and parents have asked me if we can do it every Friday!”
Green-fingered Kamaya, year 8, said: “It was great fun making soup and even better knowing that we were raising money to help the homeless.”
Dunhurst will play host to an RHS continuing professional development course in March next year where teachers and other professionals working with children can learn more about establishing an ‘edible garden’ and growing produce for cooking. More information is available here.