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Allen wants gardening put on school curriculum

Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00

ONE of Ireland's most famous chefs has urged the Government to include gardening in a revised primary school curriculum.

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TV chef, author and Ballymaloe cookery school director Darina Allen (right) has said that including such "outdoor classrooms" within the Irish education programme would not only promote a healthier lifestyle but would also encourage people to make vital savings by growing their own food.

"(It is) an outdoor classroom -- children are just not learning the life skills the way we used to," she said.

"Having a garden in a school will offer a lot to the students," she said.

"It will fire their imaginations and can also teach them very valuable lessons about nutrition. It also teaches a great entrepreneurial spirit," she added.

"But the best part is that gardening teaches students about food in the most practical way -- getting them involved in growing the produce that they will eat provides a life lesson for them."

Her comments came amid a dramatic increase in the use of allotments in urban areas.

Irish Independent

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