HCGA has been delivering educational sessions for over thirty 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 three 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 Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses.
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 us.
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
Melcombe Primary School
Avenmore Primary School
Miles Coverdale Primary School
Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Phoenix Academy Secondary School
Hammersmith Academy Secondary School
Cambridge School Secondary School
One World Montisorri Nursery.
We work in several schools on a fortnightly basis in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (funded by RBKC Ecology Service) including Ashburnham Primary School, Barlby Primary School, St Charles Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Barnabas and St Philip’s Primary School and Bevington Primary School.
We work with many other schools on an ad-hoc basis.