HCGA has been delivering educational sessions for over twenty five years. We have a team of school gardeners who provide environmental education sessions in schools on a weekly basis. These include formal curriculum-linked activities as well as lunchtime and after school clubs. Our staff are highly trained in environmental education, food growing and wildlife gardening. Other topics covered include: weather, life cycles, habitats, history (Tudors and World War Two food).
We work across four boroughs with pupils from nursery through to post 16.
We run CPD training throughout the year and also provide bespoke CPD sessions for schools at our sites, for example we have hosted the entire teaching staff of a local school at the Glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park for a 2 hour session.
We have built up a collection of activities and have worked with many schools and nurseries locally, running one-off workshops, short-term projects and longer-term contracts around growing, food and environmental art.
We also guide groups on how to make their premises more environmentally friendly and give technical growing advice. We have designed growing and wildlife areas in several local schools and our teams of volunteers have undertaken the landscaping work during school holidays.
We work in partnership with Phoenix Academy School Farm in White City and this year will be organising events to celebrate ten years of the farm.
We have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for our educational work on-site at our community gardens. We work in partnership with the Hammersmith and Fulham Urban Studies Centre to deliver sessions as part of their projects at the Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses.
For further details about arranging one-off or regular sessions please contact the Operations Manager
What to do in the Garden and Seasonal Activities
We work on a weekly basis in the following schools:
- Brackenbury Primary School
- St Augustine’s Primary School
- Sulivan Primary School
- Flora Gardens Primary School
- Ark Bentworth
- Ark Franklin
- Phoenix Academy
- Hammersmith Academy
- Queens Park Primary School
- Little Owls Nursery visit Loris Garden and the Glasshouses on a weekly basis.
We work in several schools on a fortnightly basis in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea including Ashburnham, Barlby, Ark Brunel, St Thomas’s, Marlborough, Our Lady of the Victories, St Charles Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Bevington.
We work with many other schools on an ad-hoc basis.
Our Shelf Life project is extremely popular with children and adults as it shows plants growing in food containers e.g. chickpea plants in a humous tub, tomatoes in a ketchup bottle and potatoes in a crisp packet. The idea is taken from Chelsea Physic Garden who have information on how to set up your own project on their website.