The Hazel Grove High School (HGHS) Eco Council recently enjoyed a trip to The Landing to learn more about sustainable food production.

The Landing is an urban community gardening oasis perched on top of the Merseyway Shopping Centre.

Based in Stockport, the collaborative community growing space is run by the team behind the restaurant Where The Light Gets In.

The Green Michelin Star restaurant grows all of its own produce in the space and has a ‘no-menu’ sustainable approach to dining.

To begin their visit, the Eco Council toured the garden and heard about the different types of food grown in it.

Hazel Grove High School Eco Council are gathered around a vegetable patch in The Landing, listening to a member of staff.

Students enjoyed exploring The Landing

From fresh alpine strawberries and peas to more unusual flavours of lovage pollen and Korean mint, students enjoyed tasting their way around the garden.

The Eco Council were also lucky enough to take the daily harvest from the garden to the restaurant.

After helping with the harvest, they had the chance to do some more taste testing!

Hazel Grove High School Eco Council students sit at a table in Where the Light Comes in. They are taste testing cordials and juices.

The Eco Council had fun trying some of the uniquely flavoured drinks.

They enjoyed trying out the unique flavours of the cordials and juices, freshly made with the produce they brought in.

The trip was also a chance for the Eco Council to plan out the future of the new HGHS Polytunnel.

A polytunnel is a steel framed tunnel used for growing vegetables, fruits and flowers.

2 Images. Left: A Hazel Grove High School Eco Council student takes notes in the garden in front of fresh produce. Right: Students explore the polytunnel at The Landing.

Students took notes (left) as they explored the polytunnel at The Landing (right).

Seeing sustainable food production in action certainly led to inspiration for the students, they left buzzing with ideas

The HGHS polytunnel will be ready for us to start growing our very own produce from September!

This completes what has been a busy year for the Eco Council.

Highlights include improving recycling in school, campaigning with Stockport Council and attending the Youth Climate Action summit.

We can’t wait to see what the Eco Council do next and look forward to seeing our polytunnel come to life.