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Letting Grow’s School Nature Workshops

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 Letting Grow’s School Nature Workshops

Letting Grow’s School Nature Workshops

Letting Grow By Letting Grow

We want to get school students out of the classroom and learning about nature. We need funding to run school trips to our workshop and allotment space in Hampshire.

Chilton Candover Idea stage

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We plan on hosting a series of fun and educational school away days for primary school students in the borough of Ealing. We were kindly donated an unused kitchen garden which we have been transforming into a fruitful allotment. Now we need the infrastructure so we can host affordable workshops. Our focus is for students in low income areas to get the opportunity to get out of the city and into nature. The kitchen garden will host workshops to teach students how to grow vegetables sustainably and the joys of cooking plants based meals. The day will end with a beautiful walk of an ancient woodland. The project aim is to get students caring for the natural environment with hope this will inspire them to be more sustainable . What better way to do this than to teach them how to grow and cook their own food. We also want to promote healthy and sustainable eating - we will invite students to help us cook a plant based lunch on the fire in the woods using produce from the allotment.

What we'll deliver:

  • 15 away days for schools - starting with Stanhope Primary
  • 16m x 5m poly tunnel - this will be the inside workshop space. It will also be a home for all the yummy tomatoes!
  • Potting tables and chairs - for the workshop stations
  • Portable fire cooking station - a place where we prepare and cook lunch with the students over the fire
  • Compost, compost and more compost - we will need 12 tonnes for no dig beds in the poly tunnel
  • A percentage of transport costs for schools
  • Pots, tools and goody bags
  • Staff to run workshops

Why it's a great idea:

We'll provide: - inner city schools the opportunity to visit the countryside - teaching students the importance of caring for our natural world and how to lead more sustainable lives - students with first hand experience of growing and cooking vegetables. Ideally each group would visit us 3 times. -A broader and memorable learning experience at school - a chance for students to get more active and outdoors - promotion on how yummy, healthy and sustainable plant based meals can be! -a chance to look at different farming methods and learn about food production Gardening and being in nature has been proven to help red stress. In the future we would love to: -run loads more workshops -create a relationship between Hampshire and Ealing based schools so a sustainable community is formed that stretches over the UK -for natural studies to be included in the national curriculum - we want to start small by running these workshops and hope one day this could influence a change school policy

Steps to get it done:

  • Building the workshop polytunnel and installation the workshops stations
  • Building the fire pit cooking station
  • Hosting the first workshop!
  • First harvest with the schools!

Itinerary Example: 9.30 - Students arrive to site 10.00 - Introduction to kitchen garden 10.30 - Gardening workshops - this would depend on the time of year. Some example are: - Prepping the soil & regenerating soil structure, planting in the polytunnel, building bean pole structures, natural pest control and the best bit harvesting! 12.00 - 2.15 pm - Fire cooking and lunch in the woods - learning how to make a campfire & how to prep and cook amazing plant based food on the fire Example menu: vegetable skewers, home made humous & pesto/salsa verde, toasted flatbreads, rice salad 2.15 - 2.30pm - Woodland mindful meditation 2.30 - 3.30 pm - Woodland and Farm walk - highlighting the importance of caring for the UK’s woodlands. It’s also a chance to compare the local farm to the the kitchen garden. 3.30pm - Home time with take away goodie bag for planting at home. The workshops will be led by Hannah and Ross - all employees of Letting Grow have enhanced DBS checks.

Location Chilton Candover

About the space

so24 9tx


London Borough of Ealing

How will the money be spent?Total £14,234

Staff & transportation for employees - £4,500 (32%)
Poly tunnel - 5m x 12m - £2,317 (16%)
Fire cooking station - £2,280 (16%)
Compost for polytunnels - 9 tonnes - £891 (6%)
Contribution towards transport - £50 per school trip - £750 (5%)
Workshop benches and tables with delivery - £602 (4%)
Tools for workshops - £497 (3%)
Lunches for students - £450 (3%)
2x preparation days - £300 (2%)
Goody bags - 1 pot and 1 pack of seeds per bag - £285 (2%)
Other - £1,362 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Staff & transportation for employees
Poly tunnel - 5m x 12m
Fire cooking station
Compost for polytunnels - 9 tonnes
Contribution towards transport - £50 per school trip
Workshop benches and tables with delivery
Tools for workshops
Lunches for students
2x preparation days
Goody bags - 1 pot and 1 pack of seeds per bag
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  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT
  • Public liability insurance


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • offering more school workshops
  • fix existing green house

Total £14,234

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