National Gardening Week 2017: How can your School get involved
National Gardening Week is taking place 10-16th April – what has your school got planned to get your students learning outside the classroom?
This awareness week was launched by the Royal Horticultural Society six years ago and since then, it has become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.
Charities, retailers, heritage organisations and schools can all get involved with this awareness week in a variety of ways and with this year’s National Gardening Week being all about helping new gardeners to get growing plants, what better way to get involved than educating your students on how to garden through carrying out gardening activities, such as planting bulbs and seeds?
The RHS have set up a website for this year’s National Gardening Week, where they have listed a wide range of different gardening activities and ideas on how your school could get involved in this week. From building a bee hotel, to creating a school sensory garden, you can take a look at all of the ideas and activities here.
Not only this, but within the Worcestershire Education Network we have several members who are involved with gardening and landscaping, some of which have shared their ideas and information on what they will be getting up to this National Gardening Week:
Felicity Robinson, Outdoor Learning Consultant, Landscape Architect and Director of Play Learning Life CIC at Landscapes Naturally:
“Here are some ideas from Landscapes Naturally that supports mathematical thinking as well as science. Does your school grounds support pollinating insects effectively by providing a wide range of habitats? When gardening, think about choosing plants that supply nectar sources from late winter for those early insects, through to late Autumn for the last insects needing a source of food. This also helps children to learn about seasonal change. An enterprise project (maths) can raise funds for gardening in schools. eg. Propagate mint (very easy) to grow on for sale (with the cake sales!) together with a mint tea recipe (using literacy skills of course). Maths skills can also be used in many ways, including calculating how much seed is required per m2 for a wild flower meadow. I have helped two schools just this week to do this – maths for a purpose indeed! Contact Felicity Robinson at Landscapes Naturally (who is also your local RHS school gardening trainer) for any help you may need to develop your grounds as a rich learning resource.”
Scott Boyden, Estimator for HFN Landscapes:
“We are currently working at Greenholm Primary School, Great Barr, Birmingham, completing a landscaping project that has completely transformed the school’s grounds into a 3 levelled terraced garden for pupils, with both soft and hard features accessible to all. The new and innovative space we have created at the school will enable teachers to encourage and facilitate outdoor learning with students, to get their students involved with their surrounding environment through play and gardening.
If your school would like to facilitate outdoor learning for your students, through having an outdoor space created similar to what we have created at Greenholm Primary School, contact HFN Landscapes to discuss your requirements.”
Let’s get celebrating gardening and encourage young children to get involved with gardening and nurture and respect their environment!