Tucked away to the side of our gardens is a special school garden, constructed specially for teachers and school children to illustrate learning outside the classroom.
Used for teacher training, CPD and for school visits, this little garden is a riot of plants and bursting with surprises.
For over ten years I taught for the RHS, running CPD days for teachers on all aspects of learning the curriculum outside the classroom, food growing, wildlife gardens, sensory gardens, art and willow weaving in schools.
Our little school garden developed over the years with each CPD workshop, and has been a valuable teaching aid ever since.
Today it is full of mosaics, willow sculptures, a small wildlife pond, a wigloo, composters, a junk garden, pollinator friendly planting with birds nests, bees nests and home built bug boxes. The best was when a wren nested in the sleeve of the scarecrow, which we roped off for a NGS day- wildlife comes when it feels at home.