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The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007 The DfES Growing Schools Garden By Chris Beardshaw

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007 The DfES Growing Schools Garden By Chris Beardshaw
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The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007

The DfES Growing Schools Garden
By Chris Beardshaw

Education is the key

Chris Beardshaw is passionate about education believing it to be the only way we can ensure the survival of Britain’s rich gardening heritage.  The knowledge, unique skills and enthusiasm for specialist horticultural training are being slowly lost – in part due to the relative low income gardeners receive, and the erosion of hands on training. Education is at the core of Chris’s work so he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with 20 schools throughout the country to produce a major showpiece garden at The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007.

The garden aims to demonstrate how children and teachers can interact in a varied outdoor environment and how their learning experience can be enhanced across all areas of the curriculum. 

Chris say’s:
As gardeners and adults we often take for granted outdoor spaces viewing them as an aesthetic extension of our lives. But children are full of excitement and once introduced to this varied and mesmerising environment their imaginations are sparked. This project sets out to demonstrate just what can be achieved in school grounds with the aim of turning what is so often barren grass into a life changing theatre.

The garden at 20x30m will be one of the largest show gardens this year and will incorporate areas of meadow, woodland, arid and wetland, fruit and vegetable garden, which will form the individual areas in which to showcase each of the 20 schools projects as well as offering a cob study centre, amphitheatre, poetry and story telling area, recycling centre, climbing wall, and willow woven ‘green man.’

The project is being managed by Learning through Landscapes (LTL), the national school grounds charity and Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) on behalf of the DfES.

Learning through Landscapes (LTL)
Further information can be found at www.ltl.org.uk or contact LTL by telephone on 01962 845811 or email at schoolgrounds@ltl.org.uk 

FACE
Further information can be found at www.face-online.org.uk or contact FACE by telephone on 02476 858261 or email at enquiries@face-online.org.uk
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