Primary Schools

Over the last few years we've had thousands of visits from children who have worked in the Kitchen Garden. They came from over 20 different schools, and are aged between 4 and 17. Some came with their teachers in school time, some came as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, some came with their parents on weekends. Classes from eight years upwards are welcome.

The schools that attended have been enthusiastic and plan to return (see the comments from their teachers).

Children will usually do a variety of work, depending on the season. We try to ensure that each child does a number of activities, including digging, weeding, planting, sowing and eating. Usually several of our volunteers are on hand to work with the children so that each adult will supervise about four children.

Large school classes are divided into two, with half the class visiting the rest of the grounds or the House, and then changing over. All equipment is provided, eg. gloves, trowels, seeds, etc. Schools are responsible for insurance cover for their pupils.

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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award seekers help with jobs that are too heavy or difficult for primary school children. These jobs include:

No previous experience is required!

The sessions are held weekly for two hours in the afternoon during the summer - and at weekends in the winter, when it is too dark to work in the afternoons.

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