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New Broadheath nursery Back to the Garden agrees meal partnership with Hale eatery

By David Prior at

Broadheath-based day nursery Back to the Garden has partnered with Hale eatery The Garden on a series of special menus ahead of its opening next month.

Located on Sinderland Road next door to the new Bramley Farm restaurant, Back to the Garden is a new concept in childcare developed in by the McGoff Group in association with Stewart and Jeannie Pickering, the couple behind the kidsunlimited brand.

With places for children from three months to five years old, Back to the Garden will offer a child-led, active learning environment with an emphasis on outdoor play in a natural setting.

Working closely with The Garden co-founder and head chef Amy Shepherdson, Back to the Garden’s Jeannie Pickering will create a locally-sourced and organic (where possible) menu that incorporates fresh, plant-based produce, meat and fish and will change seasonally throughout the year.

Back to the Garden’s Jeannie Pickering (left) with The Garden’s Amy Shepherdson

Pickering said: “I have very much admired what Amy and the team have achieved with The Garden and their ethos in making healthy and nutritious food more creative, accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages.

“Especially important for children, the food that we eat has a direct impact on our health, our emotions, our ability to process information and the overall balance within our bodies and children need to eat well to learn and develop fully. I’m excited to be working with Amy and look forward to devising a menu of delicious and appetising dishes that children can’t wait to eat.”

Shepherdson added: “Jeannie and I share a huge passion for good food and nutrition. I’m delighted to be involved with Back to the Garden and look forward to using my expertise to help the children develop an appreciation of food and an understanding of eating well from an early age.”