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  • 1. How to start a school gardening club All Photography © Ray Spence Gardening is a great way of getting young people growing their own fruit and vegetables and, crucially, raising their awareness of where food comes from and healthy eating. It’s equally good for involving the whole school in helping to transform food culture. No matter whether you only have space for a few containers or have a larger plot, you’ll be able to create a wonderful garden. The following should help you get started. How school gardens benefit pupils Getting people involved Pupils are able to get outside, enjoy fresh air and take part in physical exercise to help them to keep fit. They learn life skills, such as patience, as they care for plants plus teamwork and social interaction as they work with others towards a common goal. Pupils learn to respect others and the environment as they take ownership and have pride in what they have created. In addition, those pupils who may not have a garden at home have the chance to come into contact with nature and take part in growing. Gardening in school benefits from having a group of people involved rather than relying on one or two to do all the work. Ask for volunteers from parents and other family members. Make links with local allotment and gardening societies, garden centres and nurseries that may offer practical help and advice. The One Pot Pledge® concept was devised by Food Up Front, the urban food growing network. Trade Mark registered to Food Up Front. Garden Organic is a registered charity 298104 1/2
  • 2. All Photography © Ray Spence How to start a school gardening club Linking gardening to wider learning Gardening can be linked to most curriculum subjects, see examples below. • Applying mathematical skills to solve real life problems, eg volume of compost required, optimum plant spacing, etc. carrying • Developing skills for planning andcompost out scientific investigation, eg using a heap, growth dependence factors, etc. n a secondary school setting, trials and • Iresearch projects work especially well, plus crop comparisons and soil care. Young people can explore their role as active citizens, and the impact their choices have on the world around them, through issues such as food security, food miles and genetically modified crops. It creates the ideal opportunity to teach subjects in a practical way, applying theory to real tasks. Obtaining tools, equipment, seeds and plants Make links with local nurseries, garden centres, supermarkets and businesses. Get pupils involved in asking for donations and sponsorship. Ask for tools, pots and seeds etc from members of your school, families and the wider community. Consider holding a plant sale or other event at school to raise funds. You may be able to apply for grants through different projects or your local council. Holiday care of the school garden Set up a rota with pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and the wider community. Organise help with weeding, watering, harvesting and other necessary tasks. Work safely When working outside or inside with plants and soil, a common-sense approach needs to be taken with respect to health and safety. Always carry out a risk assessment before gardening activities take place. 2/2