Snitterfield School Gardening Club offers children the opportunity to learn all about nature, how to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers and all whilst having a lot of fun doing it! It is free to attend, open to all year groups, and is kindly run for the school by local volunteers. It is held every Tuesday lunchtime from 12.15 – 1.15 (children can join after lunch sitting 1 or 2), for most of the year, with just a few sessions off over the winter months.
For most of the children, the most exciting part is digging the soil and finding worms and other mini beasts and taking part in the annual ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ scheme, set up by the The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), where the children learn how potatoes grow and how to cook them at home. The club grows a variety of beautiful produce and flowers each year and are very proud of their achievements, one of which was being awarded a Gold certificate for their runner beans at the Snitterfield Village Garden Club show in 2016.
Facilities and Support
We are very fortunate and grateful to have a pond and fantastic wildlife are on site, which The Gardening Club help to maintain and in 2017, with the help of volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover, a sensory garden was designed & developed. It is an on-going project which is gradually taking shape and, with the help of the children, herbs, grasses, flowers and other sensory plants have all been sowed and, over the years, we have also planted many trees in the school grounds, supplied by The Woodland Trust, especially along the perimeter of the Forest School area.
We are always looking for extra hands to help with The Gardening Club and volunteers are very welcome to attend whenever they can. The more help we have, the more the children learn and have fun each week. If you would like to get involved with the club please contact Anna Carless in the school office.