Bridport edible Gardens

As the school’s new academic year begins we wanted to say a very big thank you to those individuals and organisations who make the work of the Edible Gardens Project possible. Of course our volunteers, gardeners, partners and the schools themselves are vital but without the funding we wouldn’t have been able to continue for nearly 10 years and it’s what makes this project so special.

So thank you to the Ernest Hecht Charitable Trust and Kitson & Trotman in particular for their long term commitment. Their support has been inspiring, caring and enduring throughout the difficult years of Covid and the other challenges in these times we are living through. 

There was also one private donor who enabled us to achieve more with a very generous donation which really helped in the year following the Pandemic. Thank you.

Dorset Council, Bridport Town Council, Wessex Water, The Cooperative Foundation, Dorset Garden Trust, Beacon Church, Nantes, St. Mary’s PTA, Gill East (BPS) and Waitrose Community Matters.


As the gardens slow down, and are protected from the weather with mulch, we have been talking to the pupils and staff.

 At BPS each class is attending a session before Christmas. They have done a garden hunt as a way to discover what there is and what the team does.

At St. Mary’s the team has met both the Teachers and the Teaching Assistants (TA’s) to find out how we can formally and informally help to join in with the curriculum. Open access all week works here, so individual tasks and observations are recorded on the white board. Most classes will also have a practical workshop linked to their topics during the year. Regular flooding is a concern and we hope to raise the money to build a pond and alleviate the risks due to climate change

Sarah Wilberforce
Edible Gardens Co-ordinator