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Deb

Great ideas!

We had a cake sale which made enough to fund us throughout last year.

Another school I know asks for £5 for the term (they only run for one term a year) which no one seems to mind paying.

Parents have also been generous in our club with bulbs, children's gloves etc.

Dawn

Brilliant Deb - I knew I could rely on you for some great additions. Like the idea of subscription. Thanks!

Joanne Roach

Great ideas Dawn, nice one!
I only have a couple of extra suggestions as this list is pretty comprehensive!

Another good weblink is http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/schools_organic_network/
This is their old schools site. The new set up is much shinier but what I like about this one is that it groups gardening tasks into half term chunks for you.

The Woodland Trust Free Trees for Schools scheme is worth a try for hedging and borders. http://www.treeforall.org.uk/

And I like square foot gardening if you haven't got much space or dosh because you can apply lots of ideas and learning in small spaces. http://www.squarefootgardening.com/whatissfg to get some ideas to get you started.

Dawn

Joanne - fantastic links - thank you so much. I've added them into the piece above.

trisha xx

As a gardener people give you duplicate presents over the years, particularly trowels and seed labels, it's worth asking parents/carers to donate spare, useable equipment they no longer need.

Dawn

Trisha - Ah yes, the present duplication - good point. I'm still trying to get through multiple 'gardeners hand cream" from a Christmas overload.

Alice Willitts - Willow & Wren

One of the schools I work with has set up an enterprising produce sale - they sell bags of produce every Friday and make chutneys and jams to sell in the winter months. They're raking it in!

Yasmin

So many projects and ideas, I was worrying I might fall short of ideas if I requested a gardening club at my daughters pre-school but not now 😀

Yasmin

I shall return for more advise if they agree, good job guys !!!

Dawn

Thanks Yasmin! I've been running the local pre-school gardening club here for seven years now (can't believe it's been that long!) and the children absolutely LOVE learning, sowing and growing.

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