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.

The deadline for 2019 Schools Awards has passed. We received 32 applications - a record! Decisions will be announced late April / early May.

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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 2018

Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School, Sunbury-on-Thames
Plants, flowers, trees and hedges for a wildlife garden

Folly Hill Infant School, Farnham
Vegetables and sensory plants

Frimley Junior School, Camberley
Plants for a wildlife pond

Gosden House Special School, Guildford
Raised beds and plants for the Reception class

Milford Infant School, Milford
Seeds and plants for a vegetable garden

Oatlands Infant School, Weybridge
Plants for a wildlife area and allotment

Onslow Infant School, Guildford
Plants for vegetable patch, wildflower area and woodland

Reigate Parish Church Primary School, Reigate
Plants for a climate garden

The Ridgeway School, Farnham
Compost to improve soil condition in raised beds

Scott-Broadwood C of E Infant School, Dorking
Plants, herbs and vegetables

St. Matthews Infant School, Cobham
Plants for new allotment area

West Byfleet Junior School, West Byfleet
Plants for vegetable plot

Whyteleafe Primary School, Whyteleafe
Plants and seeds for vegetable plot and wildlife garden

Worplesdon Primary School, Guildford
Development of school nature area and vegetable plot