At least two of the Nightingale Gardeners also volunteer at Queen Edith's Primary School. Many local (and not so local) children come to Nightingale community Garden out of school hours, so it makes sense to collaborate and co-ordinate with what is happening locally.
We work with parent volunteers and staff. Weather allowing, we meet on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3.30 and also on the odd evening or Saturday. Our aim is to support school staff to make and maintain parts of the school ‘gardens’. Volunteers need to be DBS checked, sign in at school reception and wear a lanyard. Contact the school if you’d like to join in.
Garden volunteers also like to attend the annual school fete in May, with a plant stall and some information about gardening. If you have any spare plants, do being them along to sell. It supports the school - and is fun too. Volunteers very welcome!
Staff and volunteers have been working in the school grounds for a number of years, including the planting by the reception area, in the woodland and the courtyard. They also look after planters.
In 2017/2018, (mainly Emma, Jo, Julian, Rebecca, Ruth but with lots of muscle from Mr Gunia), made a new ‘year 3 garden’. This has perennial and annual flowers, fruit and veg, a bug hotel, raised beds, a cold frame, mini greenhouse and new storage.
Since late 2018, volunteers have started a new ‘year 1 garden’. This will have ‘flower areas’, veg plots, places for pots and equipment, leaf bins and compost bins.
In early March 2019, school staff, with advice from Guy at the Council, had a working party with parent volunteers to re-vamp a woodland area in the school grounds. The aim being to make it safe and interesting to support school lessons. It was really successful and a happy day.
Cambridge Botanic Garden - Schools garden
The photo at the top of the page is from the new sign in the Schools Garden at Cambridge Botanic Gardens - a very inspiring place for anyone interested in gardening for, and with, children - and adults too.
RHS School gardening course - at Cambridge Botanic garden - July 2017
One of our garden volunteers went on this one-day course - and learned so much (and had a really fun time too). Here are just a few photos.
Here are some good resources we have gathered:
Real Seed Company - because they aren't F1 varieties, they can be saved and re-grown each year.
RHS Campaign for School Gardening - a truly fantastic resource with free-to-access lesson plans, activity sheets, spotter sheets etc. You can register as an individual to access them and they all print off very well - for laminating etc. The RHS also offer very good one-day courses, including at Cambridge Botanic Garden.
Cambridge Botanic Garden - wonderful education services, including school visits, and also family-friendly events throughout the year. Online guides to their range of activities: including the scented garden, measuring trees etc.
Lots of good ideas here: Wendy Allen school gardening.
Last updated: 5 March 2019