Grandparent Gardening Week 

Taking place from 14th-18th March 2016, our first national Grandparent Gardening Week aims to help schools get support from the local community to kick start their gardens into action after the winter. 

Grandparent Gardening Week was piloted very successfully in Leicestershire last year as part of their public health commissioned programme and thanks to funding from Leicestershire County Council. Through the pilot, we learned that hosting gardening activities in school is a great way to reach out and engage grandparents, carers and local residents (including local allotment holders) in school activities, and to get your garden in tip top condition along the way!

Hosting a gardening activity

Identify a time during the week (even after school) to host your Grandparent Gardening Week activity. Ask your School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) to lead the activities, involving your school cook and DT lead. Ask what crops they would like to see grown, think about where they might plant them or how your school cook could use them in their recipes, linking the crops with the kitchen and classroom learning. Share ideas and plans across the school to involve everyone in the fun! 

Garden Organic Growing resources

If you are enrolled on the Food for Life Awards Package there are plenty of expert growing resources available in your school portal, from how to plan your garden, through to seasonal planting guides and growing-related games and activities. This includes a pack of Garden Organic growing cards, with all the information you need to grow over 100 fruits and vegetables. 

Click on the pictures below to download your free sample.

Broad bean growing card   Broad bean growing card

Thanking your volunteers

After all the hard work, why not treat guests to some school-made refreshments or even a school dinner. Could your Cooking Club help to prepare a homemade soup and some bread to nourish your team of gardeners? Take a look at the Focus on Food Cook School for some great recipe ideas.

Promoting your event

We have created some downloadable templates for you to use to promote your event. Click on the pictures below to download them.

Media Invite
Media invite
 Gardening Week poster
 Press Release
Press release 

Did you know?

Hosting a Grandparent Gardening Week event could help you meet Food for Life Awards criteria. For more information, click here to download your Grandparent Gardening Week flyer.

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"Growing activity increased self-esteem and confidence, especially in pupils who didn’t flourish in other aspects of school life."Cree Report (2011, p.35)

Growing your way to your next award

Find out how holding a Grandparent Gardening Week activity can help you meet our School Award criteria.

Download the flyer

Grandparent Gardening Week flyer