Lots of children jumped on the bus to find out about recycling and growing their own food when the double-decker stopped at Penarwyn and Landreath in the St. Blazey area.
The ‘Growzone’ was one of the favourite attractions on the Big Green Bus, where children got stuck into planting seeds with Dave from Eden’s Pollination Team.Katie, aged 5, learnt how to plant garlic cloves with her sisters Abbie, Bethany and Emma: “It is really easy to do.I made a little pot for the garlic cloves so I can now go home and plant them in our own garden.”
Dave was keen to show residents how they can grow their own vegetables without a garden, using everyday discarded objects such as old boots, trainers and even teapots: “All you need is some compost, seeds, water and a little bit of patience – nature does all the rest!”
Jordan, aged 11, already enjoys growing flowers and as a keen cook he was interested to learn more about vegetable crops and how to protect them: “I like the idea of a bug house because it provides a safe home for the bugs and ladybirds that look after our plants and the food we grow.The bus teaches you a lot about making your own food and how we can recycle more.”
Mike Elliott, Ocean’s Resident Involvement Manager was thrilled to see the residents, and especially the children, having such fun on the bus and learning new practical skills: “The kids are genuinely enthusiastic and completely absorbed in planting up their seeds, which they take home and grow.These sessions really do what they say on the tin – they plant the seeds of green issues.The response to the bus is terrific proving there is a real interest for eco-friendly events in our communities.Camilla and her Eden Team always give 120% to these projects and we are extremely grateful to them for sharing their passion and knowledge with our residents.”
Camilla Baker is project manager for ‘Seeds, Soup and Sarnies’, an Eden project which runs hand-on courses for families to get involved with growing, cooking and sharing: “The Big Green Bus is new to Eden and arrived in the summer with the aim of getting us out into local communities to inspire people to live greener lives, recycling more, and growing and cooking their own food.We have had a fantastic turn out this week and it has been great to see so many local people showing a genuine interest.”