Growing Devon Schools offers networking, skill sharing and training for everyone involved in outdoor learning in schools across Devon.
Our ‘Forum Days’ and twilight sessions for teachers, teaching assistants, parents, school volunteers and the wider community aim to build confidence and practical skills, and create a support network around school gardens in Devon. These interactive and informative sessions gave teachers, TA’s and other members of the school community a chance to share ideas and concerns with each other and also with industry professionals. The Forum School Days were funded by Awards for All, the Ernest Cook Trust, Devon Gardens Trust and Devon Community Foundation. Participants had the opportunity to:
- Share skills and ideas for learning around the food cycle.
- Link outdoor learning to the curriculum.
- Attend talks and workshops from teachers and outdoor facilitators.
- Access ideas and resources to take back to school.
- All free with a free lunch
We are now looking to a new model of how we support more growing in schools. This pilot project is currently focusing on one school and its surround community, delivering clubs, work socials and school farmers markets with the intention of eventually replicating this at other schools across Devon.
Perhaps your school has an existing growing and learning outdoors space and you would like to share this model with other teachers? Maybe you run an organisation that could provide ideas to schools and have been looking to collaborate and contribute to your community? Please get in touch, we would be happy to help facilitate these events taking place.
School grounds work party at Moretonhampstead Primary School. Open to the community. Spring clean and get planting! Includes a workshop on perennial vegetables – (they are magic and solve the summer holiday problem!)
Date 9th March 2024
Orchard pruning and basketry willow bed workshop at Moretonhampstead Community Orchard. February 2024. Email for details.
And: the next Forum Day CPD event is being planned!
Autumn Forum Day 2022
Teachers and volunteers gathered on a sunny day at On The Hill to participate in activities including botanical ink dying, stone soup demonstration and shared lunch, silent mandala art creation using natural materials and hand weaving.