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Hammersmith Community Gardens Association Newsletter
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
Hammersmith Community Gardens Schools Newsletter Spring 2015
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This spring we have several training opportunities for those working with Children. Please can you forward on to your school Science Coordinator and anyone you think may be interested.  Please get in touch if you or someone you know would like to receive information from HCGA in future.  

HCGA is a local environmental charity who have been delivering environmental education sessions in schools for over ten years. Our staff are highly trained in environmental education, food growing and wildlife gardening.  We deliver CPD sessions on behalf of other organisations such as the RHS. We hold Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation.  


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This spring HCGA are delighted to be working with 4 schools in RBK&C; Malborough, Bevington, St Mary's and Ashburham. We will be providing training on how to start a growing area, lots of ideas for activities and after school clubs. Each school will receive a starter pack.

We can also run one off bespoke sessions for your class.  Already in 2015 we have hosted two year 3 classes from Brackenbury School who visited Ravenscourt Park to study soil and rocks. They also made wormeries to take back to school.  

Science Coordinators Networking Event
Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses, Thursday 12th March, 
3.45pm – 5.30pm,

Drop-in twilight session at Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses.  This will be an opportunity to:
Meet the staff from Hammersmith Community Gardens, find out about the project, activities that can be delivered at your site, look through our extensive collection of resources, how to book visits, a chance to meet Science Coordinators from other schools and learn about other training we can offer.  We will also be serving drinks and nibbles
To book please email bookings@hcga.org.uk including the name of the school or nursery you work at.  

Developing and Making the Most of Your School Grounds CPD
Sulivan Primary School, 17th March, 
12pm - 3.30pm

Lots of practical ideas for making the most of your outside space. What to plant when, making a mini beast hotel form recycled materials. A chance to tour the inspirational school garden at Sulivan Primary.  Free seeds to take away to get you started.
Cost: £30 per person.  To book please email bookings@hcga.org.uk including your name, place of work, email address and contact number.

Spring into Veg; Half-day CPD Course for Primary and Nursery Educators
23rd March, 9am - 12.30pm
Phoenix School Farm, W12 0RQ 
         
Areas covered will include: Ideas for growing in small spaces, growing in containers, encouraging wildlife, making your own Shelf Life project, a tour of Phoenix School Farm and Learning Zone, how HCGA can support your work and other sources or resources and handouts
Cost: £30 per person.  To book please email bookings@hcga.org.uk including your name, place of work, email address and contact number.

Exploring and Learning Outside in Ravenscourt Park
CPD Monday 30th March, 9am-12.30pm

Led by Forest Schools trained facilitators this session will focus on the opportunities for using the habitats in the park. With lots of practical activities and an opportunity to network with like minded teachers
Cost: £30 per person.  To book please email bookings@hcga.org.uk including your name, place of work, email address and contact number

Film Screening - Project Wild Thing
Thursday 5th March, 6pm.  Entry by donation
Phoenix School, W12 0RG
Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature. It is an inspiring film and we hope local families and educators will attend the screening and be inspired to spend more time outdoors.  For more information please visit our website which includes the film trailer.    

Register here for your free Grow Your Own Potatoes Kit: http://gyop.potato.org.uk/

A note from our friends at the Hammersmith and Fulham Urban Studies Centre:

Enliven your teaching with active learning in your local area! Great for local history projects, exploring processes of change and natural environment/science investigations.  Hammersmith & Fulham Urban Studies Centre has been promoting active, enquiry-based learning in the local environment for 30 years with both primary and secondary schools. We offer inset training sessions to school staff teams on using your local area for teaching and learning.  We cover English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and more plus can can tailor a CPD session to your school’s own requirements and locality.  Contact us on 0208 741 7138 or learn@hfusc.org.uk and look at our website www.hfusc.org.uk for more information,  resources and schools programmes. We also offer CPD sessions to school staff teams.

About HCGA

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association is a local environmental charity who have been delivering environmental education in local schools and nurseries for over ten years.  Currently, we work in eleven schools, nurseries or children’s centres on a weekly basis, running gardening clubs and delivering curriculum-linked lessons.  Our staff are highly trained in environmental education, food growing and wildlife gardening.  We charge around £90 for a School Gardener to work on a weekly basis for aprox. 4 hours, running lunch and after school clubs, sessions during lesson time and to carry out some maintenance work.  Many schools and nurseries visit our glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park on a termly basis for food-growing and gardening sessions.  

We are also able to carry out larger landscaping work and in 2014 we worked in several schools in the borough on tasks such as: building raised beds, putting in a wildlife pond, re-landscaping the school garden and re-planting borders with sensory and wildlife-friendly plants.  
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