The value of gardening, food production and protecting our environment are all extremely important at Dame Bradbury’s.
The School has a teaching garden and is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening. In December 2013 we reached Level 5, the highest level of the campaign awards. This award recognises that the School’s teaching garden is outstanding and is a key resource for teaching and learning across our curriculum.
Children from Kindergarten upwards spend time with our gardening teacher and Forest School Leader, Liz Bicknell, who teaches them everything from soil preparation to seed sowing, plant maintenance and harvesting. Children in Years 1 to 6 who are especially interested in gardening and the environment can join our after-school club, Eco-green club.
Most of the gardening lessons are spent in the teaching garden, which was funded by the PTA. It features raised planting areas, a shed/greenhouse, compost bins and a good range of child-sized tools. We have also planted several apple trees.
Food grown in the teaching garden is used for school lunches by our catering manager and sold at our Harvest Festival produce sale.