Gardening is a great way to show children where their five-a-day of fruit and veg come from. It can be linked to all aspects of the curriculum in a practical way and with the benefit of working in the fresh air.
It gets children (and staff!) physically active, promotes teamwork, empathy with their local environment AND you get to eat the fruits of your labours! Collaton St Mary School has its own allotment where they have grown their own vegetables and taken them to the school kitchen to be cooked for school dinners!
Growing Devon Schools recognises that increasing numbers of schools and teachers within Devon’s schools would like to start growing projects but lack the skills, knowledge and confidence to do so. By linking providers (including zoos, gardens, community groups, growers etc.) with their local schools, they aim to provide information, increase skills and knowledge and inspire confidence.
If you are thinking of setting up a gardening club you may find the following websites useful: