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School gardening club - any suggestions

I am going to start a gadening club at my daughters primary school next week. We have had a really ethusiastic response with 25 kids keen to join (this is about 25% of the school!) We have little funds and are really keen to keep it free. I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to get cheap or even free resources? I have just sent off letters to local garden centres with a list of what we need. Just wondered if there was anything else I could do. Oh, I have also put an ad on freecycle.org.Thanks!

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  • Hi Niko - this might be of interest:

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/Children/For-families/Get-Your-Grown-ups-Growing

    Cheers

    Nicky
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    Hi Niko

    You might find this helpful - A Weekly Guide to School Gardening Club Activities
  • Would your local council be able to help? local recycling centre could be able to give you some soil conditioner/compost if you ask them nicely? Though recycling plastic containers from home with drainage holes put in could work also.
  • check out the gumtree in your local area on the web
  • Felicity Waters said:
    check out the gumtree and craigslist in your local area on the web
  • also had another thought you could get people to donate things they don't want and sell on eBay to raise money
  • I have few ideas for you and also might be able to supply at cost few planters/ raised beds and planting material.

    If you can contact me
    tel 01630 673860
    plantsfromzion@gmail.com
  • We quoted for the design of a scheme at a local school earlier this year, where the school were going to grow fruit and veg and sell it to the local community. To pay for this they were applying for a grant from http://www.localfoodgrants.org/

    They were looking for funding in the region of £30k.
  • Hello Niko, Well done for starting a gardening club at your school, I think it is great for children to learn about growing things. I wouldn't be a landscape gardener and designer now if it wern't for my 'garden upbringing'. Contact the Royal Horticultural Society, they are trying to encourage school gardening with a range of initiatives. Maybe contact Garden News, the weekly gardening paper and ask them for more points of contact. I have built raised beds for my two ,local primary schools without any labour charge and it's great to see the children making use of them, both schools have gardening clubs.
  • Does the scholl have a green house?
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