GROW COOK EAT at Family Centres on the Isle of Wight

Young families get gardening with Alan Titchmarsh, The Footprint Trust and Barnardos

A new project encouraging young families to get gardening is set to start in 2018. The idea is to teach young families on the Isle of Wight how to cook the fruits of their labours, with support from horticulturalist Alan Titchmarsh.

Alan will be at Barnardos’ West Newport Family Centre at 10.00am on Friday 28th July 2017 to launch the project, along with The Footprint Trust.

The project will be run through the Footprint Trust who will be offering gardening training to children and their parents at Barnardos’ Family Centres across the Island in Spring 2018. Harvesting and cooking sessions will follow in the summer, supported by grant funding from Alan Titchmarsh through the Isle of Wight Community Foundation (IWCF). The aim of the project is to encourage families to get involved with gardening, to get fit, to grow and cook healthy food, and have fun together as a family.

Alan Titchmarsh said:

“Children love nature and seeing things grow, to be able to encourage the whole family to source a healthy, nutritious meal from a tiny seed is a wonderful opportunity. All parents know how hard it can be to encourage their children to eat healthily and getting the kids involved in digging up a handful of ripe carrots, or picking some fresh runner beans and then being able to prepare and cook or bake a fun dish like a stir-fry or a carrot cake will encourage kids to engage to a much greater extent with nutrition.”

Speaking for The Footprint Trust, Ray Harrington-Vail said:-

“Children love getting stuck in and their hands dirty, and this practical project helps train parents in the basics of veg gardening alongside their kids. Sometimes people are a bit concerned about how to make tasty, affordable meals using veg, and that’s where the cooking part of our training comes in.”
Sessions will be held at Family Centres across the Isle of Wight from Spring 2018, so anyone interested can email or phone 822282.


West Newport Family Centre – Wellington Rd, Newport Isle of Wight PO30 5QT

IWCF – Alan Titchmarsh Fund – Ruth Jones, Island Manager,

The Footprint Trust – 01983 822282
Barnardos –

IWCF is a collection of charitable funds worth over £1.36m, ring fenced for spending on the Isle of Wight. IWCF Endowments are managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) with the income distributed at the discretion of the IWCF committee or at the request of Isle of Wight fundholders.