With help from a Northern Green Networks grant we can now offer growing activities with schools. The grant has helped to develop an area for growing, put in a summerhouse to work from and bought tools and resources to start growing with groups!
The ‘School Allotment’ has raised beds growing the 5 main vegetable groups, opportunities for composting, an equipped summerhouse and decking areas for groups to work on. Schools can also utilise our existing smallholding with geese, chickens, a pig and our own growing area with a polytunnel.
As well gardening, a half or full day programme will include a range of related activities from arts and crafts such as making scarecrows and grass heads to setting scientific enquiries to continue in school. Days can be developed to suit the needs of individual schools or the growing side may be looked at in the broader context of the work we are doing for sustainable development.
In the longer term we hope to provide a ‘Field Kitchen’ on the allotment site so children can follow the process of producing food from field to fork. In the meantime groups will work between the allotments and the eco-classroom. For further information on our education programme visit www.harehopequarry.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01388 528599 or 01388 528633.