School gardening resources support Covid-secure outdoor learning

As increasing numbers of schools look to take learning outside during the pandemic, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has published a new series of gardening ideas, activities and resources.

The charity’s RHS Campaign for School Gardening says that gardening can support curriculum learning and boost the wellbeing of young people, regardless of plot size available.

Launched in 2007, the campaign now has 40,000 schools and groups registered and the RHS says that spring is the perfect time to get gardening by raising seedlings on windowsills, planting summer bulbs or making a washing up bowl allotment.

The RHS is promoting a series of growing topics, which provide a “pick-and-mix” approach, allowing classes to be split into smaller groups to work on short, 10 to 20 minute activities before rotating.

Two suggested activities for spring are "Spring Seed Sowing", covering how to sow seeds, make pots, design plant labels, spot weeds and nurture seedlings, and "Wildlife Wonders", aimed at encouraging children to think about how to attract wildlife into the garden with activities including how to design and make bug hotels, minibeast identification and creating a wormery.

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