Get Growing

Gardening in school brings benefits to everyone. Improved health and wellbeing; better levels of attention in class, higher achievement and stronger links with the local community are just some of the ways gardening can help your whole school to grow.

You don’t have to have a large plot of land either – even the smallest of school grounds can find some space to grow herbs and salad leaves in tubs and planters. Some of our more ambitious schools have created mini ‘farms’ in their school grounds, complete with chickens and even pigs – there’s no limit to what you can do if you have the enthusiasm!

As well as involving the pupils in learning about growing food, this is a great opportunity to engage your school cook or catering manager – ask them what crops they’d like to see grown in the gardens that they can use in the school dinners – children are much more likely to eat fresh produce and experiment with different foods if they’ve grown it themselves.

Once you're enrolled, there’s plenty of free expert teaching resources to download from our website, from how to plan your garden in the first place, through to seasonal planting guides and growing-related games and activities. You'll find some samples here.

You’ll also find that if you ask the parents and local community for help in creating and building your school garden, you’ll have no shortage of volunteers!

"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)

Case Study

Engaging the community with gardening clubs and village fêtes

Abbey Road Primary School in Nottingham has found its gardening club and village fête have been extremely successful in engaging the local community, and are a great opportunity to show people that 'local, seasonal and organic food is the best'.

Soil Association Video