Green and Global for Autumn 2013
The end of last term saw us getting our hands dirty creating Keyhole Gardens, bag gardens and water tip taps with children ranging from four to sixteen (not all at once!). As well as trying their hand at lots of new gardening methods, the pupils were fascinated to learn about ways in which people in Africa grow food and feed their families in harsh climatic conditions and with few resources. In addition to these fun days with pupils we were also invited to run several twilight workshops for teachers on global gardening.
Away from the garden we continued to develop our fruitful partnership with Sustain, embarking on an ambitious project to reduce the energy usage in nine schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Early starts to London were compensated for by the enthusiasm of some of the school and their successful outcomes (with one of the schools reducing its electricity use by a whopping 24% and another by 17%!)
Looking ahead we are waiting for news of two funding bids, developed in partnership with the Wiltshire Global Education Centre. If successful we will be able to launch two exciting projects with schools in Wiltshire. One will explore the ways in which the population of Trowbridge has been shaped by people moving there to work. The second will enable us to set up global gardening clubs in Westbury schools. Fingers crossed and we will let you know soon.
We look forward to working with you in the coming year to help make your schools ‘green and global’.