At the Salopian Garden
689 London Road, Isleworth TW7 4ES
Cultivate London has been training young people in horticulture since 2010. Cultivate London is now offering school sessions in its new community and training resource, The Salopian Garden, in Isleworth. The National Trust has leased this lovely garden to Cultivate London and during 2016 it has been transformed to include:
- fruit trees
- herb garden
- flower garden
- vegetable beds
- bee hives
- raised beds
- green roofs
- polytunnel classroom
- a wood-fired cob oven
Book your school sessions now!
We are now delighted to offer educational sessions to local schools. This includes formal curriculum-linked activities, seasonal activities, environmental education, food growing and wildlife gardening.
We can design bespoke sessions to focus on your particular curriculum needs and desired learning outcomes. Specific requirements can be discussed as part of the booking process.
Sample session for primary school children
Introduction to the garden
What to do in the garden – some seasonal activities for January and February:
Planting fruit bushes, trees, hedges, roses. Making compost. Tidying up foliage. Planting broad beans. Making insect homes and bird feeders. Weeding and hoeing. Sowing hardy seeds outside, eg rocket, radish. Sowing seeds in the polytunnel, eg sweet peas. Checking for slugs. Forcing rhubarb. Chit potatoes. Lay cloches, Prune fruit trees and bushes. Test Ph of soil. Check stored tubers, eg. dahlias. Plant onions, sow lettuce. Sow peas in guttering in polytunnel. Plant up mint roots. Harvest rocket and brassicas and eat them!
What to do in the garden – some seasonal activities for November and December.
What to do in the garden – some seasonal activities for March and April.
What to do in the garden – some seasonal activities for May, June, July.
Pizza in the cob oven
Make pizza dough from scratch – mix the flour, knead the dough, collect ingredients from the garden and polytunnel to make the pizzas tasty, cook them in the cob oven. Then eat them!
Pollination and bees
Check out our bee hives, discuss the importance of bees for our food, look at the different stages of a bee’s life, think about threats to bees. The importance of insects and wildlife. Taste some of our wonderful honey!
Take home some seeds, lots of knowledge and a host of good ideas to continue the good work at school and at home.
Secondary school sessions:
Use The Salopian Garden to supplement your educational targets. The activities offered above for primary school can also be adapted to secondary school use and differentiated for all key stages. The wide range of activities and possibilities on offer means that the garden can be used for science, art projects, numeracy and literacy, teamwork, domestic science, environment, etc. Please let us know about your requirements and we can tailor your visit accordingly.
“The students stayed focused for the full three hours which is not something they would be able to do in the classroom. In addition to the numeracy and literacy there was a lot of additional learning and skill development going on.” Cranford Community College
Sessions are available weekday mornings, afternoons or whole day. We recommend reserving well in advance as places may book up fast, especially for the spring season.
Cost: Sessions are available at £250 for three hours (am or pm) for up to 35 children on site at any one time. £350 for a whole day. Includes self-cooked pizzas. This can include various different classes for shorter sessions, though not all may be able to cook pizza.
For further information, bookings, preparatory visits or to discuss requirements please EMAIL Matt.
CPD training: 22nd March 2017
We will be running a programme of CPD training for teachers and support staff in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society at Cultivate’s Salopian Garden. This will be a full day’s course, with cob oven lunch, targeted at Foundation through to key stage 4. This course will give you the skills you need to set up a simple productive garden and manage the growing space seasonally throughout the year. By engaging your pupils with edible gardening you can improve their knowledge of plant science required by the current curriculum and encourage healthy eating through the discovery of exciting new tastes and flavours.
We have 4 raised beds suitable for disabled gardening, and our main paths and polytunnel are all wheelchair accessible. Our toilet is disabled friendly – ramps, handrails – but not large enough for wheelchair access.
At this time of the year this might include saving seeds, making compost and leaf mould, planting winter bedding, growing herbs and vegetables, picking and drying herbs, mulching fruit bushes, making herb cuttings, planting bare rooted fruit bushes, deciding what to grow next season, sowing autumn crops such as oriental salad, broad beans, peas, ripening pumpkins…
Sow veg seeds in polytunnel and outside, plant out potatoes, prepare supports for peas and beans. Prune fruit trees, cut down autumn-fruiting raspberries, plant out fruit bushes. Plant out strawberry runners. Feed birds. Make a wildlife corner. Collect up snails and slugs. Sow flower seeds direct and in pots. Sow herbs. Divide up larger herbs and flowers. Pick salad, rocket, radishes, lettuce and brassicas and eat them. Start picking sweet peas.
Sow beans, peas, cucumbers, pumpkins, courgette, squash and continue sowing lettuce, radish. earth up potatoes. Pick edible flowers for salads. Keep weeding. Plant out tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, pumpkins. Feed and water crops. Net soft fruit. Keep sowing edible flowers Harvest beetroot, carrots, potatoes, onions, spinach.