Educational School Visits
We welcome school groups and can provide guides and instruction in a range of activities throughout the year.
Here are some suggestions for different seasons:
Late Summer/Autumn – September/October
Apple-tasting. Where do our apple trees come from? How and where do the fruit grow? Why are they good for us to eat? How many different varieties are there in the garden? What other creatures like to eat apples? What is National Apple Day?
Stories about pumpkins – can you create a poem about squashes? How and where do they grow? Pumpkin recipes.
Wildlife in Winter
How bugs and beasts get ready for the cold and frosty winter? Where do hedgehogs, woodlice and snails snuggle down?
Spring/Summer – March to July
Hands-on fun exploring seeds and germination. Types of seeds – why they vary. Where does your food come from? Discovering vegetables as they grow in the garden?
Pollinating insects – how they do their vital job and what would happen if they didn’t? Learn about butterflies, bees and more.
Suggested Activites Throughout the Seasons
Be a bug detective, find out about the habitats, life-cycles, diets, behaviour and importance of insects, worms and fungi.
Pond-dipping and observation
What lives in the pond? The plants, insects and algae and the life-cycle of frogs, damselflies and other pond-life
From bacteria to bugs and worms – nature’s rotters and the wonders of composting.
What’s in soil? The world of the earthworm.
Fruit, Vegetables, Herbs
What do plants need to grow? The structure of plants – roots, stems and leaves. Plant diversity – leaf shapes and sizes. Why do they matter? Why do many plants and flowers smell?
Organising your visit
The garden is open to school visits by arrangement from March to October.
Volunteers will liase with teaching staff to develop a safe, tailor-made programme of curriculum-related activities for up to 30 children per visit.
Interactive, hands-on activities in small groups. Resources, including pond-dipping equipment, containers and magnifying glasses can be provided.
The garden would be grateful to receive a small donation per child per school visit.
For more information and bookings please contact Sheila Blethyn (01225 866150)
• Our schools leaflet is also available.
• See our ‘child protection’ document.