Pennine Lancashire Community Farm is committed to delivering quality educational experiences and packages to children, young people and adults within schools and communities. We believe that by providing access to the environment, nature and animals, and learning about how food is produced promotes an awareness of the natural world and enables people to develop skills to grow their own produce sustainably.
We offer various educational packages from tasters to full programmes tailored for foundation stages to Key Stage 4, further and adult education, special educational needs and more specialist community groups. We are happy to deliver our educational packages both on and off site and we pride ourselves in the relationships we have built with local farm and forestry organisations. In addition, we have developed our own sites within the community with great facilities for outdoor education at our March Street Community Garden in Burnley.
In 2016 The Kings Fund published a report , ‘Gardens and health – Implications for policy and practice’. In it they noted:
Well-designed studies of school gardening suggest that children’s fruit and vegetable intake can be significantly increased combined with efforts to improve parental support; a further range of studies points to increased knowledge, and preferences for fruit and vegetables. Teachers report positive wellbeing effects, personal achievement and pride in ‘growing’ and, where volunteers are involved, gardening can be a way to break down social boundaries inherent in academic settings. For children with learning difficulties or behavioural problems, gardening as a non-academic task and the garden as a place of peace and meditation are particularly valuable