Plans for summer 2021

The Food School is planning a series of picnics in John Coles Park (Chippenham) during the summer school holidays. We’re keen to encourage teenagers to these events. The picnic will aim to be free of single-use plastic, and will ‘showcase’ simple, home-prepared fresh food. It’s a chance to meet, relax and chat together over some tasty food.

We’re also planning to offer a class on food blogging and food photography.


Welcome to the Food School UK.  Food School is a pilot project in Chippenham (Wiltshire) aimed at teenagers and families. The aim of Food School is to:

  • tackle food waste
  • raise awareness of environmental issues relating to food (ie the carbon, chemical and water footprint of our food choices)
  • highlight social issues such as food and nutritional poverty and ‘holiday hunger’
  • gain basic skills in growing some soft fruits, veg and herbs on an allotment; and 
  • gain basic skills in meal preparation and cooking some simple, nutritious and good value meals.

The provisional dates for Food School are a weekend in Summer/early Autumn (exact dates to be confirmed).  Part of the course may be delivered on-line.

Food School may be of interest to young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme(s) and/or young people with an interest in the food industry or in social or environmental work.

Food School is brought to you by MAD about Waste, which is an environmental community group launched in 2017.   MAD about Waste’s primary focus is tackling waste at household level, including food waste.  

Food School is part-funded by Chippenham Community Area Local Youth Network.