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 including children with special educational needs.
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 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 Urbanwise.London 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
Click the links below to get information and inspiration on what to do each term in the school garden:
We work on a weekly basis in the following schools:
Brackenbury Primary School
St Augustine’s Primary School
Sulivan Primary School
St John XXIII Catholic Primary School
Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic 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 Charles Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Bevington.
We work with many other schools on an ad-hoc basis.