“If children understand nature and value it, they will take more care of it when they are older. If they are not engaging with the natural world now, they will not feel any need to protect it. Outdoor learning is a way of building childrens relationship with the natural world, and will go a long way to achieving a more secure future for the world around us. With half their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm.” Hugh Dames- Forest school in the UK
We facilitate a number of ongoing, permanent school garden groups, throughout the school calendar year. In one such project at Our Lady of Mercy Primary School in Sligo town, Space to Grow coordinates a dynamic gardening group each week. The ages of the children span from 4 to 12 years of age, with many varied personalities. In just five weeks of Spring 2017, all 450+ school children came through the new polytunnel, sowed seeds, transplanted seedlings, and cared for the crops. This fantastic project was showcased in the regional newspaper, and went on to win Sligo Tidy Towns First Prize in the primary school category.
With our ongoing experience, we carefully choose crops that produce food either side of the long summer holidays. Already, only one year into two of our newest projects, the children have experienced the natural cycle of a full growing season, through sowing, harvesting and eating new crops..
Even in the cold Winter months, on other school projects, we have been very busy. The children are very inventive, constructing insect hotels to protect overwintering beneficial insects and upcycling everyday plastic waste items into quirky bird feeders. The potential for different activities in the school garden is huge.
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So lets help them get their hands dirty, grow something both healthy and delicious, and potentially teach students what might become one of the mot important things they could learn.