All posts by Kate Measures

Bedgebury National Pinetum: Activity backpacks for families

bedgebury pinetum activitiesFamilies visiting the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest can hire backpacks full of exciting activities and ideas to help 5-12 year olds explore trees and nature. The Bedgebury education team introduced the activity backpacks in 2011, as a way to encourage families to discover more of what Bedgebury has to offer. The backpacks initiative was … Continue Reading ››

Food for Life Partnership: Composting at Archbishop Ilsley school

Vegetable gardening at Archbishop Ilsley schoolStudents at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology and Sixth Form Centre work alongside teachers and catering staff to produce high-quality compost from food and garden waste. The Birmingham school has made huge strides in composting since joining the Food for Life Partnership, a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. The school’s in-house catering team … Continue Reading ››

Forming social connections

For many people, spending time engaging with plants and people who work with them is an important social activity. A visit to a botanic garden or any other kind of environmental centre is an opportunity to learn interesting new things and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. Visitors who go on to become volunteers particularly value the opportunities it creates to meet like-minded others, form social connections and play an active role in the community. Plant-based learning can also deliver … Continue Reading ››

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Staging a community art exhibition

kew_1For Kew’s Travel Treasures exhibition, local community groups and special needs schools created artworks inspired by the life and work of botanical artist Marianne North. The Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens houses more than 800 paintings of plants produced by the Victorian naturalist and artist during her travels across five continents. In 2010, to mark the completion of a major restoration of the … Continue Reading ››