There’s a huge move in primary schools at the moment to help children learn about food and where ingredients come from. It would seem this is very timely as a study earlier this year by the sustainable food and farming organisation “Linking Environment And Farming” (LEAF) and reported by the BBC uncovered some shocking facts about where children think food comes from.
We might initially shake our heads and laugh with disbelief that some children think fridges produce strawberries but if we stop and think a while longer, the true scale of this begins to sink in and we have to ask ourselves what the consequences might be if we do nothing to halt this disconnection between the food we eat and the means of its production and in fact we have to face the fact that we are doing our children a huge disservice in not empowering and educating them in the most basic of human needs.
In our Blog we have come up with some ideas for getting children involved in cooking but there are other ways we can help children in their learning. The most obvious is perhaps to try and interest them in gardening. This can be as simple as planting some seeds in a pot and leaving it on a window sill, explaining about the importance of sunlight and water to help the seed grow and how humans play a part in that equation by providing water for example when there is no rainfall.
It’s not perhaps the best time of year to do this but there are things we can do as the seasons change; we can visit local greengrocers or supermarket for example and have a look at the different vegetables and fruits for sale now that autumn is here. Above all we must talk to our children and help them make connections between the food they see in shops and the ground beneath their feet.
Not everyone has the luxury of a garden of course but a call to your local tourist information office or even chatting to stall holders at a local Farmer’s Market may reveal ways that children can get involved in community gardening schemes or visit farms even in the most urban of areas.
There’s a huge move in primary schools at the moment to help children learn about food and where ingredients come from. It would seem this is very timely as a study earlier this year by the sustainable food and farming organisation “Linking Environment And Farming” (LEAF) and reported by the BBC
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The girls and their friends love playing in it and spend hours in, out and around it. One minute it is an ice cream shop, the next minute they are playing mummy's and daddy's with their dollies and then when their cousin Hugo is over it becomes a castle fortress so it is great for their imagination. Much better than watching tv or playing on ipad!!
Inside the playhouse we have put pink bunting up and a kitchen in one corner, so great even when it rains
Mr & Mrs F - Herefordshire
I am difficult to please but am thrilled with how the whole process from drawing to installation went. My little boy is very happy too!
Mr E - From Loughborough
I am stuck away and unable to get to see the new Treehouse for myself, but Jackie has sent photos and she and Dave the gardener are very impressed. i have seen a few photos and it looks amazing. The grandchildren are going to have the most wonderful time. Two of them will be with us for Easter and we plan a solemn opening to the structure with a big ribbon for them to cut before they go in.
Mrs S - Buckinghamshire
The children absolutely love it! They have been up and down it all day and can't believe it is theirs. Its nicely built and The Playhouse Company have been a lovely company to communicate with. Thanks to the delivery team for all the help and hard work they put in
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We are working at reduced capacity in order to maintain the strictest of safety standards in line
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Please do get in touch via phone or email to discuss new orders or progress on existing.
We Are Unable To Accept New Commissions Presently
We are a small company, set up and run by Richard and Kay and supported by a skilled team of 4 who help build and deliver our projects.
Richard has recently had a health scare, and during the next few months of his recuperation we have decided, reluctantly, to limit the number of projects we take on and have decided to stop taking new commissions until December 2021.
Richard does all the design and manages the build and installation, and Kay is the voice you will speak to and help with advice and then making sure your project runs smoothly from inception to the children enjoying it in your garden. Over the past 30 years we have completed well over 1,000 projects, all to a greater or lesser extent custom designed. It is a great privilege to design and build playhouse and treehouses, and for us almost as much fun to design and build as the children have pleasure thereafter. We firmly believe that in order to design and build a great playhouse project you must love it just as much. We do love what we do and this makes it all the more difficult for us to pause enquiries, but health is paramount so makes this the only decision.
We assure all existing customers that your delivery obligations will be met in full and are always available for any queries about existing products.
If you would like to register an interest for a project in 2022, please just send us an email or give us a call and we will re-connect at the end of the year by which time Richard will be fully charged and ready to enjoy exciting new projects.