There’s a huge amount of evidence for the benefits gardening has in schools. It improves pupils’ concentration, creativity, knowledge and understanding of the world, and above all it’s fun! This year we’re delighted to support school gardening with these two initiatives.
School gardening competition – 1 March to 10 May
We’re running a Square Metre Dinner school gardening competition for schools over the spring. As well as being fun, it’s a great chance for children to explore topics like shape, space, and measurement as well as where food comes from. If you want to take part, just download our competition sheet for details of the challenge and how to enter.
National Garden Gift Voucher prize draw for schools (closes 10 May 2019)
We’re really pleased that National Garden Gift Vouchers is donating 200 £10 National Garden Gift Vouchers for schools to support National Children’s Gardening Week. We’re running a prize draw to decide which schools get them, and we’ll pick the winning schools during the week commencing 12 May 2019. There’s a maximum of one £10 voucher per school, and only schools with a Department for Education number (or equivalents for Scotland and Northern Ireland) are eligible. Full terms and conditions and an entry form are available on this link – good luck!
In 2018 we ran a survey on school gardening among primary school head and deputy head teachers. Have a look at the benefits they see from school gardening in our report.