Project Learning Garden

Captain Planet Foundation
What is Project Learning Garden™?
Project Learning Garden is a programme that provides starter kits to schools with everything they need to start or refresh a food growing garden and use it as an outdoor classroom. Project Learning Garden provides schools with hands-on training, curriculum linked resources, raised beds and gardening tools, a fully equipped mobile cooking cart and ongoing support and guidance.
 
What is the aim of Project Learning Garden™?
The aim of Project Learning Garden is to support more teachers to teach outside more often, so that pupils have additional opportunities to learn in a garden as part of their education. We are seeking to enable schools to integrate their school garden into curriculum delivery across a range of subjects. We want to inspire you and provide what you need to deliver these sessions.

There is a particular focus on Science, English, Maths, Art and Design (including cooking). Ultimately, PLG promotes environmental responsibility and will help children to develop a palate for fresh fruit and vegetables, setting them up to make healthier choices later in life.
 
Who started Project Learning Garden™?
The Project Learning Garden programme was first set up by the Captain Planet Foundation in the USA. Captain Planet Foundation is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,600 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 25 countries internationally.

More than 1.4 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects. Since 2011, over 340 learning gardens have been set up in the USA, across 10 States.  Due to its success, Project Learning Garden™ is now being piloted by Garden Organic in the UK.
 
Who is funding Project Learning Garden™ in the UK?
Seeds of Change®, who donate 1% of sales to research and promotion of biodiversity and sustainable organic practices, are generously funding this pilot project, making the partnership between Captain Planet Foundation and Garden Organic possible. Seeds of Change is funding 30 schools in London so there is no cost to schools to get involved. The approximate value of the kit is £2500.
 
Who can get involved?
We are looking to work with primary schools who do not have a school garden or whose garden needs re-invigorating so that it can be used effectively as an outdoor classroom during the school day.
We have recently completed our first round of recruitment in the London Borough of Merton. We will shortly be opening recruitment for a further two London Boroughs – with spaces for 20 schools. Watch this space!
 
If you are interested, please send us an email expressing your interest to projectlearninggarden@gardenorganic.org.uk
In the meantime, please take a look at Garden Organic’s educational resources or sign up to Food Growing Schools London – for a range of resources and support.
 
How do I apply?
Interested schools should complete the application form when it becomes available. Note for applicants:
  • The form should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Setting up a garden and helping everyone to make the most of it is a team effort – the form will ask you to name people who will work alongside you to bring this project to life and keep it going. We know these people may change over time, we just need a rough idea at this point.
  • You will be asked how Project Learning Garden would fit into your school's curriculum and planning – please be prepared to let us know your initial thoughts.
  • You will receive the resources after you have completed the training. The approximate date for delivery is the end of February.
 
What am I committing to?
To participate, schools need to make a commitment to:
  • Send at least 2 members of staff to the Project Learning Garden™ training day (Feb: date tbc)
  • Set up a growing area with resources provided through the grant
  • Use the ideas and activities provided to support the use of the school garden as an instructional space for delivering the school curriculum
  • Involving parent and community volunteers to help maintain the garden in the holidays
  • Keep in touch and tell us how you are getting on
  • A Project Learning Garden requires at least 18m2 (200 square feet) with enough sunlight for growing veg, preferably in sun.
 
Questions?
Please feel free to get in touch with our Education Team, please email: projectlearninggarden@gardenorganic.org.uk or call 02476 217 747.
Twitter: @PLGardenUK