Growing Fruit and Vegetables in School

Posted on 2nd February 2012

Date 30/3/12
Margrove Heritage Centre and visit to local school

To enable teachers with little experience of fruit or vegetable growing to work with their children in setting up a successful food-growing area.
The course will look at setting up your own food-growing area and explain how to grow vegetables and fruit, supported by practical exercises and links to the curriculum

Learning Objectives
By the end of the day, teachers will:
1. Understand the personal and educational benefits to be gained from growing fruit and vegetables in school
2. Be familiar with the basics of growing a range of (a) vegetables and (b) fruit suitable for school gardens
3. Have the confidence to work with their children to plan, develop and maintain a food-growing area appropriate to their school
4. See the potential for delivering a wide range of curriculum topics through activities related to the food-growing area

Key Stages targeted: 1 – 3 (However all growing advice is relevant to all key stages).
Curriculum links National Curriculum links (
Art & Design
Other curriculum areas will be discussed
Cost – £100
A Booking form can be downloaded for the link below

Invest in a love nest

Posted on 2nd February 2012

Care for wild creatures this Valentine’s Day

Gardeners are urged to give love a helping hand this Valentine’s Day, by The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
By providing shelter, food, and wildlife corridors, gardeners can offer space for wild species to come together, and play a vital role for the next generation of UK garden wildlife.
Morag Shuaib, The Wildlife Trusts’ Big Wildlife Garden Awards Project Manager, said: “As mating season approaches, species from blue tits to butterflies are about to get busy building nests and laying eggs.
“With many a species looking to hook up and settle down, this is a great time of year to offer some hospitality and be in with a chance of winning The Big Wildlife Garden Competition, which closes on 20 May 2012.”

Helen Bostock, an RHS wildlife expert, said: “With just a few changes everyone can make their gardens wildlife friendly. Contrary to what some people think you don’t have to let your garden grow wild. Feeding birds, careful placement of nesting boxes and planting pollinator friendly plants are easy, straight-forward things to do that make an enormous difference.”

Here, The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS provide some tips for keen and caring wildlife landlords to help create the perfect love nests:

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It’s estimated that each year around two million birds fledge from nest boxes. There’s an array of shapes and sizes to choose from, depending on the species you are providing for. To make a nest box extra appealing to couples looking to start a family, place it out of reach of predators. By leaving untidy patches in the garden, and growing a variety of native species, attract in the insects and grubs which will provide valuable food for chicks.

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