ActivLives Beetlejuice event at Ipswich People’s Community Garden gets children involved with wildlife and healthy eating

ActivGardens ‘Beetlejuice’ event gave children the opportunity to explore the gardens, pick their ow

ActivGardens ‘Beetlejuice’ event gave children the opportunity to explore the gardens, pick their own produce and get involved in some fun nature and craft activities. The children got to pick some tomatoes to make their very own community garden ketchup to serve with some home-made wedges with potatoes dug from the gardens. This workshop gave children a chance to get closer to nature in an urban green space, as well as learning about cooking and healthy eating. Beau Newman in the garden. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The People’s Community Garden in Ipswich hosted a summer day camp where green-fingered youngsters could get their hand stuck into some wildlife work on Wednesday.

The Beetlejuice event, organised by ActivLives, saw youngsters make courgette chutney and tomato ketchup from produce grown in the garden, before making a ‘mini-beast mansion’ for bugs and insects to inhabit. The day aimed to help children learn about healthy eating and produce, and summer wildlife.

Jo Whittle, Cress project co-ordinator at ActivLives, said: “It was lovely, and the children had a really good time. We made chutney and ketchup, which we will be selling at our Christmas market.”


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