I know - it's not exactly a classy headline, but at least it got your attention - and that's good because school gardening clubs can do with as much support as possible.
On a freebie search, your first port of call should probably be the RHS - Campaign for School Gardening. It costs nothing to sign up and you get a free starter kit including seeds, soil testing kit, plant labels and posters. You also get excellent support on an ongoing basis including benchmarking, lesson plans and access to regional advisors
There are also plenty of other schemes out there that will give you free plants, seeds and even tools. Here are some it's worth taking a look at:
- Woodland Trust - free native trees or hedgerow plants for schools
- Tree Appeal - free native trees for school
- UK Oak Doors - free trees for school, colleges and universities
- Potato Council - free potato growing kit for schools
- Grow Wild - free wildflower seed kits
- The Conservation Foundation - offers yews to plant and refurbished tools (you can apply if in Cornwall, Devon, Edinburgh, Lincolnshire, London and Oxfordshire)
Plus, although not free, some companies offer discount to school buying seeds or school gardening equipment:
- Harrod Horticultural - up to 15% discount for schools on Budding Gardeners site
- Victoriana Nursery - 20% discount on seeds and 10% on equipment for schools
If anyone knows of any other schemes or offers, do let me know in the comments below.