“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
Recently we have been working on a variety of School Garden Workshops to offer to national schools. Our favourite one at the moment, and perfect for the Spring time of the year is our 'Wheely Great Pumpkins and Peas' workshop. It is a six session long workshop spanning the months of May and June and then regroups in September after the summer holidays to harvest.
We upcycle old tyres and learn about companion planting, with the ancient planting partnership of pumpkins and peas.This particular workshop has been getting great feedback from school parent committees in our area. Feel free to check out the details here.
We also facilitate ongoing, more permanent school garden groups, throughout the school calendar year. In one national 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 600+ school children came through the new polytunnel, sowed seeds, transplanted seedlings, and cared for the crops.
With our ongoing experience, we carefully choose crops that produce food either side of the long summer holidays. Already, only a few weeks into one new project, the children have enjoyed sowing, harvesting and eating a crop of early carrots.
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. Just get in touch to hear some of our ideas, we've got plenty!
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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.