This spring, we’re encouraging Greenwich primary schools and early years settings to get involved with Grandparent Gardening Week (1 – 5 April), for a great way to kick start growing spaces and get the wider community involved.
Schools, nurseries and children’s centres up and down the country will host a variety of gardening activities, including digging, planting, pruning and more to help children and older people to take part in growing projects together.
Hosting a Grandparent Gardening Week activity is a great way for all to see the positive impact gardening can have on children and how it can help a whole setting to grow. Benefits include:
- improved health
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- better levels of attention in class and higher achievement
- stronger links with the local community
For schools or nurseries working towards their Food for Life award, holding a gardening event can be a great way to meet some of the award criteria. Information about the awards can be found here.
If this sounds like an opportunity not to be missed, and you haven’t already signed-up, get started right away with the following steps.
1) Register for Grandparent Gardening Week on the Food for Life website to gain access to a whole load of downloadable resources to help plan your gardening activity.
2) Identify a time during the week to host an activity and send out invitations to grandparents.
3) Plan activities! Who will be involved? What will you plant? How will the growing activities be linked to curriculum topics? Will the school cook be able to use what is grown in the kitchen? Find more hints and tips on the Food for Life website.
4) Tell everyone what is going on. Share your activities on the @SAFoodforlife Twitter feed using #GrandparentGardeningWeek and be in with a chance to win some fab prizes for your garden!
If you would like to get involved in similar gardening projects happening in Greenwich, visit Growing Greenwich to locate a community garden near you.