When you're thinking of school garden ideas, no doubt a range of ideas come to mind: ponds, wild areas, bug hotels, vege gardens, flower gardens, fruit trees and more!
Well let's explore each of these ideas and boil the concepts down to the core ingredients for success.
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Making a school garden can be a fun and educational project for students and teachers alike. Here are some steps to help you get started:
Remember, creating a school garden is a great way to teach students about science, nutrition, and environmental stewardship while also creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space for the school community to enjoy.
For more info on creating your own 4x8 school vegetable garden click here.
Making a garden pond can be a great way to add a water feature to your outdoor space and create a habitat for aquatic plants and animals. Here are some steps to help you get started:
A garden pond can be a beautiful and relaxing addition to your outdoor space, but it does require some maintenance to keep it healthy and thriving. With proper care, your pond can provide a natural habitat for plants and animals while also enhancing the beauty of your garden.
The Wildlife Trust's 'How to build a pond' guide is very useful.
The National Gardening Association has lots of straightforward information about all steps of creating a garden.
Generating your school garden can be fun. For design ideas Matt Jame's book 'How to plant a garden' has oodles of information and these rewriteable signs are a great idea for labelling the different segments of your school garden.
Favourite tastes? which fruit trees to choose?
Ripe 'n ready: when will the fruit be ready for picking?
Understanding the trees' needs: space, fertiliser, support
Integrating planting, pruning and harvesting into the curriculum
Timing: when to plant, harvest, prune
Free trees for schools and communities are available through the Woodland Trust. The information includes choosing your tree, planting advice, preparation and aftercare, tips for safe planting and tree-planting certificates to make tree planting day a memorable experience. To ensure the children remember the occasion and to link it into the curriculum there are printable resources such as this one: 'What I did on tree planting day'.
If you are considering taking things a step further, beyond just planting a single tree, you may like to go for the Green Tree Schools Award, where your children will be encouraged to engage with outdoor learning and become inspired about woodlands and wildlife. A range of fun, hands-on projects engage the children in improving your school grounds. All resources and support is free and children can earn certificates to recognise their achievements. Actions include excursions into woodlands, activities to reduce CO2 emissions and nature activities in your school grounds. points can be collected for each activity completed, enabling achievement of bronze, silver, gold levels all the way up to the prestigious platinum award. This award can contribute to other award schemes such as the Eco-Schools Award.