Firefighters plant ideas for healthy living


Release date: 28 April 2017

Pupils at a Shoreham school are being encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles through their work with firefighters from the local fire station.

Year 5 pupils at Eastbrook Primary worked with a crew to clear weeds from an allotment area ready to plant fruit and veg. The produce grown by the pupils will eventually be used in healthy meals prepared by the children in the school kitchen.

The event, on Thursday April 27, is the latest Make A Difference day organised by the team at Shoreham Fire Station.

Watch Manager Chris Bowles, who is behind the event, said: “We’ve started to give some time each month to support projects nominated by the local community. In this instance we were encouraging pupils at the school to appreciate the importance of healthy and active lifestyles by working with them on these vegetable beds. We hope that by growing and cooking their own produce they will enjoy the benefits of a good diet too.”

Headteacher Julia Sherlock said: “It was fantastic to have the support of the firefighters as the initial clearing of the vegetable beds involved heavy work that would have been too challenging for the pupils on their own. The school is in the process of becoming a Forest School, which will give our children the opportunity to spend more time outside, developing a range of important life skills such as problem-solving and team-building. The work completed with the firefighters will help us to achieve this goal. Hopefully they will be able to revisit when some of the vegetables are ready to be harvested.”

The outdoor event follows on from an afternoon tea held for pensioners at the fire station last month to help older residents avoid social isolation and to  remind them about important kitchen safety.

Chris added: “We want to ensure we are really well-connected to our community and are still keen to hear from groups who would like us to support some of the projects they are working on.”

Any group interested in nominating a project should email

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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