Some 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 (mainly on Thursday afternoons and the odd Saturday) to make and maintain parts of the school ‘gardens’.
In 2017/2018, we made a new ‘year 3 garden’, which has perennial and annual flowers, fruit and veg, a bug hotel, raised beds, a cold frame and new storage.
In late 2018 we have started planning (and a bit of digging of) a new ‘year 1 garden’. Staff, working with Council advisors, also have a plan to re-invigorate a woodland area in 2019, which will need some volunteer help.
Garden volunteers also like to attend the annual school fete in May, with a plant stall and some information about gardening.
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: 17 August 2018