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.

Invitation to participate in school garden initiative

NB See lovely new website at the link below (2016)

I came across your wonderful LESSN project through the food-for-cities group and, on behalf of the Global Horticulture Initiative, I would like to invite you to our new project to leverage the potential of school gardens world-wide and to establish a platform for exchange.

GlobalHort is an international NGO, which is leading a worldwide program to foster more efficient and effective partnership and collective action among stakeholders in the area of horticulture.  With our project on school gardens we want to achieve that every school will be equipped with a garden for our children to learn about nutrition, develop livelihood skills and grow into environmentally literate adults.

If you follow this link you can take a look at some projects that have already registered.

Online questionnaire:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Christine Husmann ( or me (

Thank you very much! Anna Spiller

Please fill in this form and send to the email address below.



Growing and Farming in Schools – CANCELLED

Sorry to report that this has been cancelled. We hope to run more workshops in the spring.


Growing & Farming in Schools

‘Where Food Comes From’

White Quarry Farm

Chantry Lane, Hazlewood

Tadcaster North Yorkshire LS24 9NQ.

Thursday 15th October 2015

Course Overview:

Set in the picturesque surroundings of White Quarry Farm, this is a unique training day like no other. This interactive course will ensure your school will be at the cutting edge of teaching children where food comes from in line with renewed statutory requirements and the School Food Plan. It will equip you with practical advice, resources and confidence to improve aspects of growing and farming in your school regardless of resources.

Throughout the day, delegates will be able to collect ingredients to prepare as tasty treat – food doesn’t get much fresher than this! You will also have the opportunity to book a free* farm visit for your school following the training day at White Quarry Farm.


  • o To highlight the importance of teaching “where food comes from” in relation to OFSTED & the curriculum
  • o To obtain practical advice on how to incorporate farming & growing into the curriculum and beyond
  • o To learn how to get the best out of a farm visit and increase confidence in this area.
  • o To improve growing in your school and set up a school garden with limited resources.
  • o To link growing, farming with cooking in the curriculum and healthy eating

Highlights: The day will include a guided farm walk with an experienced farmer, a range of expert guest speakers, a garden walk, free resources to help set up a windowsill garden, refreshments and lunch.


  • All schools with no SLA: £195
  • Schools with full SLA or basic SLA credits: £0

See website training page for SLA information

To book a place please visit our website:

For further information please contact: 0113 395 1047

Cancellations: If you cancel your booking we require at least 5 working days notice. Failure to provide such notice or non attendance will result in your school being charged in full if

using Pay as you go. Leeds schools with a full or basic

SLA package who do not inform us within 5 working days

will incur an administration charge of £30/delegate.