Schools

One of Surrey Gardens Trust's principal aims is to encourage the development and use of school grounds as a learning environment.  We believe that if children can learn about the natural world by becoming involved in appreciating and caring for a garden around their school, they will continue to value the land around them in future life.

Schools can obtain valuable resources and information about a range of gardening based activities and primary science programmes about plants from the Gardens Trust.  These resources are suitable for teachers as well as volunteers seeking to make a worthwhile contribution to educating children about gardening.  Please visit the Gardens Trust for more information.  

Investment in grounds brings gains in learning
Aesthetics • Conservation • Environmental Issues

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Surrey Gardens Trust Awards for Schools

The Trust makes small grants to Primary, Infant and Special Schools to assist with projects that improve their school grounds and give children the opportunity to grow plants and to extend their wider learning environment. The Schools Committee has made nearly one hundred grants to schools in the county over the past ten years.

There is now funding available to award grants at the end of the spring term. The closing date for applications is 30 March 2018. Detailed Information and Application Form can be downloaded below

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Ideas for your school grounds improvement projects

Wildflower areas to attract bees, butterflies and insects

Growing plants from seeds

Installing raised beds

Buying tools and equipment 

Building compost areas

Planting trees and hedges to attract wildlife

Creating a pond or bog garden to attract pond life

Creating a sensory garden

Growing a willow dome

Schools Grant Awards in 2016-17

Brooklands School, Reigate
Sensory garden for pupils with severe learning difficulties

Cross Farm Infant School, Frimley
Development of vegetable patch and café

Dormansland Primary School, Dormansland
Vegetable and fruit beds

Furzefield Primary School, Merstham
Raised beds and plants for sensory garden and forest area

Grovelands Primary School, Walton on Thames
Enhancement of forest area

St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Banstead
Vegetable and flower garden

St Francis Catholic Primary School, Caterham
Refurbishment of growing area

St Peter & St Paul C of E Infant School, Chaldon
Refurbishment of sensory garden

The Ridgeway Community School, Farnham
New tables for outdoor classroom