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We are thrilled to be the recipients of the Best Childrens Garden prize and a Certificate for Excellence in Contribution to the Community in the 2016 Tower Hamlets in Bloom competition.

Well done to all of our green fingered children and young people including students from Cubitt Town School, George Greens School, The Phoenix School, St. Paul’s Way Trust and Blue Gate Fields, as well as Stephen and his support worker, for his care and attention to keep everything watered.

Our children’s/young people growing project is an educational tool here on the farm, covering cross curricula topics. Students take part 40 weeks of the year. All the above are able to harvest and cook their produce, including making green tomato salsa. Nothing goes to waste!

Tower Hamlets in Bloom has recognised the dedication and hard work by all of the participating groups and the Mudchute education staff team. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all the participants!


Growing in beds, our polytunnel and greenhouse.

Growing in beds, our polytunnel and greenhouse.

The raised beds near Pets Corner are looking fantastic and our new polytunnel is up, planted and already producing! The students’ efforts are certainly paying off as lots of lovely fruits and vegetables are rapidly ripening. Here are a few photos from our look around the Childrens’ Growing Project with our head of Education, Denise. Well done to all of the green-fingered students from George Green’s School, Cubitt Town Infants School Bluegate Field Junior School, St. Paul’s Way Trust School and Phoenix School!

Brussel sprouts and marrows.

Brussel sprouts and marrows.

A look inside our greenhouse.

A look inside our greenhouse.

Potatoes and courgettes in flower.

Potatoes and courgettes in flower.

Trays full of new seedlings.

Trays full of new seedlings.

Thew newly planted polytunnel.

Thew newly planted polytunnel.

Ripening tomatoes and raspberries.

Ripening tomatoes and raspberries.


This Light Sussex cockerel and Rhode Island Red hens could be the parents of this year's hatching eggs.

This Light Sussex cockerel and Rhode Island Red hens could be the parents of this year’s hatching eggs.

Today saw the start of the 2014 Hatch & Brood programme. Coordinated by our Education and Farm departments, this scheme allows school groups to witness development firsthand in their own classrooms.

This year our hatching eggs come from Tatsfield and are a sex-linked variety, which means cockerels and hens can be distinguished by their feather colour at the time of hatching. The birds are a cross between Rhode Island Red and Light Sussex. This means a Light Sussex sire and Rhode Island Red hen will produce yellow male chicks and brown female chicks, something we hopefully be able to demonstrate for you in three weeks time!

Good luck to all of our participating schools! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a clutch of happy and healthy chicks!

The parents of this years' Hatch & Brood eggs have plenty of room to roam.

The parents of this years’ Hatch & Brood eggs have plenty of room to roam.

Happy free-range chickens raised on organic breeders pellets.

Happy free-range chickens raised on organic breeders pellets.