Our Flower Patch is run by Cally Smart and Sara Willman. We are both ex-teachers and keen gardeners who have a keen understanding of some of the restrictions associated with school gardening. Sara Willman runs her own flower patch growing flowers to arrange and sell to local businesses and florists. She is a keen advocate of the benefits of growing and buying British Flowers and co-hosts #Britishflowers on Twitter. Cally Smart has been running a schools garden group local to her for five years. She also works for the National Trust and Eco Kids devising and writing education programmes which connect children with their natural environment.
Our Flower Patch is designed to support primary schools and early years settings who want to fully utilise their outdoor space as a learning zone and wish to increase the biodiversity of their school garden. Our Flower Patch is a website based educational programme that provides online support and activities to encourage young people to fully engage with the world around them, grow flowers, market them and then sell them as a young eco business enterprise project. Activities are not limited to flower growing and cover many areas of biodiversity and ecosystem awareness. Slugs, bugs, worms, composting, recycling, sustainability to name just a few.
Our Flower Patch is a flexible programme and we aim to support schools to use the outdoors to teach all areas of the curriculum, as well as teaching life skills and financial responsibility. The sustainable behaviours that will be fostered amongst the young people will filter through to their parents and the wider community and will grow with the young people as they mature.
All the information, ideas, activities and photos on this website belong to Our Flower Patch. We like to share our creativity. Of course we want you to enjoy them and tell your friends about us. We are happy for you to print off where necessary for use within your membership location. If you'd like to pin, blog, copy or use any of our images and ideas we'll probably agree if you ask nicely. All you have to do is to please contact us first on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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