Wicor horticultural primary school
This is an interesting (state) school which teaches horticulture and has planted orchards, flower and veg beds. They offer veg boxes from the produce they grow and work with local chefs. They run glasshouses, bee hives, allotment space, polytunnels, being committed to widen biodiversity. Veg boxes, school made teas and soap sales help to fund the work. They receive support from local garden centres and are backed by the RHS.
One of the most striking comments in the Roots and All podcast (above) was that having set aside gardening time for the children gave the kids time to learn how to have conversations. Without screens or phones or tight scheduled "activities" the kids can potter and chat in the gardens. It's deeply depressing that children are growing up not knowing how to have a conversation. They get to learn about beetles and other insect life cycles, how soils work and be outside, working closely with their local community.
This is such a great school infrastructure, well funded over ten years.