Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs is a great way for children to learn about the food they eat. You could even encourage children to grow food at home and teach them about food labelling.

If well planned a school garden can be a stimulating and motivating place where pupils can become more actively involved in their outdoor surrounding. The RHS School gardening campaign has lots of help and resources to get you started or take a look below at some of the local groups in Greater Manchester that can help.

How to set up a school garden


Sow the City’s Healthy Schools Partnership Challenge

Working alongside St Sebastian R.C. Primary School in Salford, Sow the City created a new food growing space to engage pupils and encourage healthy eating. The new garden provides valuable greenspace for the school, and a place to learn, have fun and relax.

Sow the City Growing Schools

Growing Schools is a Federation of City Farms and Community Garden project supporting teachers and practitioners in using the outdoor classroom. The pilot programme helped schools across Greater Manchester set up and develop their food growing projects. Many of the schools are still growing and building on the work that was undertaken.

Incredible Edible

The Incredible Edible Network can offer support and advice to help your school develop the skills you need to get you growing. Their vision is to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food. the Incredible Edible Network is here to help. Take a look at their website to find a local group near you.

Eco Schools

Empowering children and teens to improve their environment. The Eco Schools programme is designed to be pupil-led, delivering impactful environmental actions that have been completed by innovative young people.

Feeding Greater Manchester: School Projects

School gardens are an excellent way to teach children about the food they eat. Children have the opportunity to grow fruits and vegetables, and they learn first hand about different foods.

Manchester Environmental Education Network

Dedicated to supporting teachers and individuals working to promote environmental education and Education for Sustainability. MEEN run projects with schools and can offer free curriculum resources.

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