1st Mar, 2021

Dig deep digitally to learn more about market gardening

Rob George 16th Jan, 2021

PRIMARY and secondary schools across Evesham and Pershore will be able to access a plethora of digital resources about market gardening from next month.

Pershore Plum Festival and the Market Garden Heritage project, run by Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service, are excited to launch the digital resource pack and art competition, which aims to show pupils the importance of market gardening to the Vale of Evesham.

The digital resource pack includes photographs, oral history clips, and letters and summaries of market gardening and its nationwide reach.

Coun Marcus Hart, cabinet member for Education and Skills said: “This resource pack can be drawn upon to create lessons or be used as creative inspiration for any year group.

“Market gardening has been integral to the Vale of Evesham and it is fantastic students in Wychavon will be able to learn all about its importance.”

The digital resource pack will be launched online on February 2 with an overview of the resources, an opportunity for Q&As and an insight into how to get involved with the Plum Festival’s art competition.

The art competition is open to all Wychavon pupils aged 4-18, with separate categories for each Key Stage. The theme for this year is ‘Market Gardening Heritage’.

Nina O’Hare, Community Project Officer at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service said: “We are thrilled be launching to the new online resource pack for Wychavon schools alongside Pershore Plum Festival’s first art competition.

“It can be difficult to find teaching material for market gardening, which heavily shaped the Vale of Evesham. We hope the digital resource pack will enable schools, especially Key Stages 2-3, to use the Vale’s heritage for cross-curriculum learning.”

Angela Taylor, Chair of Pershore Plum Festival said: “One of the Plum Festival’s main aims is to share and celebrate the legacy of our market gardening predecessors and this art competition will prove to be an educational and fun way to do so.

“We sincerely hope that schools within the Wychavon district grasp this unique opportunity to learn more about the horticultural heritage offered by the local area.”

The launch event is being held online between 4:30pm-5:15pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021, to find out more and register for the event, please visit: bit.ly/MGH-schools

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