Ysgol y Dderi pupils already have experience of growing vegetables which are sold through a stall at the school. The school now aims to work with year 5 and 6 pupils to explore the heritage of herbs, including the tradition of Meddygon Myddfai. They will grow herbs, learn to identify and preserve them in a traditional ‘herbarium’ of pressed specimens, and, under the guidance of a qualified herbalist and a cosmetic chemist, develop simple herb based cosmetics (lemon balm aromatic water spray, calendula ointment). They will also design and produce appropriate packaging and branding for the marketing and selling of the materials produced.
Ysgol Llangeitho is a much smaller school, but has an after school gardening club led by volunteers from the local community. They wish to develop a larger area of the school grounds as a fruit and vegetable garden which will be accessible to the whole school. They have an interest in being given guidance on gardening using permaculture principles. The design and planning of activity will be undertaken by pupils with local volunteer gardeners under the guidance of appropriate experts. The group aim to develop a relationship with the local shop to provide a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables to the local community.
To develop their understanding of different types of gardening selected pupils from the the schools will visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales to see the apothercary’s garden and pharmacy and/or the fruit and vegetable gardens. To develop pupils’ awareness of the type of employment available relating to their gardening activity they will also visit either a local herb processing business or commercial fruit/vegetable producer, and receive visits from local professionals/ business people.