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Help with planting ideas, for Primary age kids.

Question from Rob Antill

We need to know suitable plants for little kids, 7-11 years old m, to plant now, for Winter displays at School. Some, maybe under co e.g. to start, plant out later ?

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  • Posted: Sat. 19th October 2019 17:24
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School gardening- Fun while learning

Comment from TotalPolytunnels

Gardening does not only provide opportunities for increasing scientific knowledge and understanding, but it also increases little children'sself-esteem giving them a sense of responsibility and positive behaviour. They become stronger, more active learners, capable of thinking independently and adapting their skills and knowledge to new challenges at school and in future.They learn team work and presentation skills. It gives them an extra cclassroom full of colors. It encourages their healthy eating habits. In short, school gardening provides our children an environment to observe, discover, experiment and to learn.

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  • Posted: Mon. 2nd March 2015 05:26

Free Family Gardening Sessions

General post from Sue Jeffries

SPECIAL CHILDREN AND FAMILY SESSIONS - Have fun finding out about the restoration project at Turton Tower Kitchen Garden, Edgworth, Bolton BL7 0HG and get involved in a practical gardening session. Tuesdays 10am - 12pm on 6th and 27th August. Places are free, but numbers limited, to book and for more details see


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  • Posted: Sat. 13th July 2013 15:59

Not School but extra curricular children's gardening group

Comment from Derwen Garden Centre and Farm Shop

Derwen Garden Centre, Guilsfield set up the Acorns Gardening Club for Junior Gardeners two years ago after a little event where we gave children violas to pot up and take home. The children were so keen that we decided to give them a more permanent Saturday gardening club.Children now come along every other Saturday for an hour from eleven to twelve noon and work in their very own garden.

They learn to sow and plant, pot up and of course harvest, but there is much more to the gardening club than basic horticulture. Over the two years they have made and taken home lovely miniature salad gardens thanks to Tanners who supplied us with some wooden wine crates free of charge.

We've made a ‘Garden of the Native Americans’ complete with totem pole and an Elizabethan Apothecary’s Garden. They have even re-enacted the Mutiny on the Bounty to learn about how Wardian cases revolutionised the importation of plants, alas too late for the bread fruit on the Bounty of course!

The Derwen’s junior gardeners are invited to the Welsh Food Festival every September and they go along with their own stall to teach other children how to pot up violas and make herb gardens.

All children are welcome but children four years old and under should be accompanied by an adult. Any child is welcome to simply turn up at the garden which is behind the polytunnel between eleven and noon. Drinks and cookies are also provided. It’s a lot of fun and it is all completely free.

Call us on 01938 553015 for further details and for keep watching facebook for more information regarding the new year starting times!

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  • Posted: Wed. 8th December 2010 11:56

Jamie's Farm

Comment from Nicola

Hi all, I have been introduced to this wonderful and very worthwhile charity called Jaime's Farm. Jamie's Farm aims to engage young people who are at risk of social exclusion by giving them an intensive experience of living and working on a farm.

Please take a look at their website and donate something to their cause if you can.

Many thanks,

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  • Posted: Thu. 30th April 2009 11:57

Stockbridge Technology Centre nr Selby

Comment from Joanne 9919

I thought I would put up a message about this company. Stockbridge Technology Centre nr Selby in West Yorkshire is a commercially run horticultural research and development company who also run a fully operational arable farm.

My daughter got the chance to go last year with her school and really enjoyed it. The company offers visits for schools where children are able to plant seeds and learn about where food comes from, how it grows, pests and diseases etc.

The trips involve four visits. On the first, the children plant seeds and at subsequent visits they are able to see their progress and eventually take home the produce.

From what my daughter told me, it sounds like a really worthwhile school trip and very educational.


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  • Posted: Tue. 10th March 2009 14:21

New forum for teachers and students

Comment from Nicola

Hi - we have just set up this forum to exchange ideas to get young people across the UK gardening. We also have a special £5 subscription offer and a new award - Shoot's Childrens Garden Award. We hope you find these useful.

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  • Posted: Mon. 17th March 2008 08:04