Join The School Growers Chat Room here (you’ll need a Google account)


“How to Start a School Garden” Workshop

In November, LESSN held a workshop in partnership with the Health and Wellbeing Service and the Food for Life Partnership. The focus of the workshop was on starting a school garden as the new School Food Plan www.schoolfoodplan.com,  which aims to dramatically improve the food experience in schools with such initiatives as the universal infant free school meals, also firmly sets growing into the curriculum. From our research, we knew that while many schools are keen to start growing but struggle with getting started. So we thought an introductory workshop with some insights from more experienced growers would be helpful. Continue reading

Food and Ofsted Seminar for Heads

PDF’s of powerpoint slides:

Tom Bliss – Introduction and details of Edible Playground offer (from Trees for Cities)

Louise Dye – Breakfast and Behaviour and Academic outcomes

Marion Hetherington – Learning to like vegetables – Learning to live well

Meaghan Christian – School Gardening

Siobhan O’Mahony – School Food and Ofsted

Sonja Woodcock – Establishing a School Garden Feb 2016

Click here for audio of the seminar (Edible Playground is at the end)

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I Dig Trees (free for you!)


The Conservation Volunteers and OVO Energy are currently offering free trees to schools and community groups.

I Dig Trees saw 158,000 trees planted last year, and this year they want to enable schools, community groups, volunteers, landowners and councils to achieve even more.

They have a huge variety of species and the trees come in packs of 50 (with a maximum order of 950), meaning here is a huge scope to dramatically enhance school playing fields and benefit communal green spaces.

They are also offering a tree planting service alongside the scheme, using their practical team volunteers at Hollybush Farm. This costs £300 per day and they can usually plant around 300 per day – meaning each tree ordered, delivered and planted costs any organisation who wishes to benefit just £1.