Sabina Nessa’s school fundraising to create edible garden in her memory

The school of murdered teacher Sabina Nessa is raising money to create an edible garden in her memory.

Rushey Green Primary School plans to create a safe outdoor space for students and the community to learn about nature, growing produce and cooking food.

The school has outdoor space but needs to raise funds for gardening equipment, fruit trees and educational resources.

Headteacher Lisa Williams said: “When Luke and Rab, our school chefs, started growing a few herbs and vegetables, Sabina was the first teacher to take her class to have a look. 

“At forest school, Sabina was always so involved. 

“Without fail, Sabina ate with her class every day and she didn’t sit there quietly, she would be involved, taking them to the serving hatch, always encouraging them to talk to the chefs. 

“Creating a safe outdoor space where children can learn and thrive seems the perfect way to do something positive for Sabina.

“If anyone is able to donate, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Sabina Nessa

The 28-year-old was attacked while walking to meet a friend at The Depot bar, Kidbrooke, on September 17.

She had left her home earlier in nearby Astell Road and her body was found the next day in Cator Park by a member of the public.

Early plans for Sabina’s garden include an orchard, a covered learning space for rainy days, vegetable beds, and a polytunnel or greenhouse. 

The school hopes to have chickens, bees and a firepit.

They plan to erect a mural or plaque to show the garden was created in Sabina’s honour.

The school has raised £2,500 of their £14,500 target.

Luke Kemsley, the School’s Head Chef, said: “We’d started planting some herbs and building a few beds to grow some produce for the kitchens. 

“I mentioned it to Sabina. The next morning, Sabina arrived with her class to have a look. 

“They were clutching bits of paper and started drawing leaves and sticks. 

“There wasn’t much for them to see but I remember us saying how much the children enjoyed it and how great it could be. 

“Growing food at the school always felt important but to build something incredible for Sabina would make it mean so much more.”

The school food charity Chefs in Schools will help the school create the outdoor food education hub. 

Nicole Pisani, Co-Founder of Chefs in Schools, said: “We work with Rushey Green and the kitchen team on the food they serve to children. 

“When we heard about their idea for the edible garden in Sabina’s memory, we volunteered to get involved.

“Food is so important on many levels. As well as being a place for children to learn, this garden can help the community heal and come together for a positive cause.

“We will be using our expertise to support the school, I would encourage anyone who can help or donate to get involved.”

Donations can be made here:

Pictured top: Students at Rushey Green Primary School



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