Green Angels begin a blooming future gardening with primary pupils

29 June 2015

Course making a difference in the community

The Land Trust s flagship Green Angels project provides free training in environmental subjects such as Parks and Countryside Management, Environmental Education and Horticulture.

Funded by Big Lottery, the project aims to raise awareness of environmental issues by educating people through active involvement with Liverpool Festival Gardens.

With support from the Land Trust, a group of Green Angels Environmental Education trainees are setting up a social enterprise and have organised a voluntary after-school gardening club at Our Lady s Bishop Eton Primary School.

Building on what they learned on the Green Angels courses, the gardening club teaches the pupils practical eco-gardening techniques in the school grounds.

Speaking after the first session, Green Angel Graham Shiels said: "It s important that people learn about their environment from an early age. Kids respond so well to the practicalities of gardening and for some of these children this is the first time they have come in to contact with where food comes from.

"It s one thing to read about these things in a book but when these pupils get out and help to dig a raised bed or plant pumpkins in those beds it really engages and inspires them. I had one pupil ask if we would use those same pumpkins for Halloween when I told her that we could also make soup from it she seemed astounded."

Our Lady s Bishop Eton Primary School is committed to teaching sustainability and environmental awareness in and around the prescribed syllabus. The school s eco-council have visited Festival Gardens on three occasions as part of the Green Angels Environmental Education course to take part in activities such as pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and bark rubbing, run by trainees.

Janet Fearnehough of Our Lady s Bishop Eton Primary School said: "We are so happy to have the gardening club up and running in the school. The pupils enjoyed the activities at Festival Gardens and it s great that the Green Angels can continue environmental education here at the school.

"After a special Green Angels gardening club assembly, we were inundated with applications for the after school club. Hopefully those pupils who had to miss out will be able to join in next term."

Rowan Joyce, Community Engagement Officer for The Green Angels project added: "A social enterprise was an aspiration of the Green Angels project from the beginning.

"The Land Trust is pleased that the trainees have taken the idea to heart and are so committed to continue the legacy of the project. It is gratifying that training will continue right through to the next generation while providing a platform for setting up a business in the environmental field."
 
The gardening club is running on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until the end of term.  For further information please contact Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager - carolynhassall@thelandtrust.org.uk .

The Land Trust's flagship Green Angels project provides free training in environmental subjects such as Parks and Countryside Management, Environmental Education and Horticulture.

Funded by Big Lottery, the project aims to raise awareness of environmental issues by educating people through active involvement with Liverpool Festival Gardens.

With support from the Land Trust, a group of Green Angels Environmental Education trainees are setting up a social enterprise and have organised a voluntary after-school gardening club at Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School.

Building on what they learned on the Green Angels courses, the gardening club teaches the pupils practical eco-gardening techniques in the school grounds.

Speaking after the first session, Green Angel Graham Shiels said: "It's important that people learn about their environment from an early age. Kids respond so well to the practicalities of gardening and for some of these children this is the first time they have come in to contact with where food comes from.

"It's one thing to read about these things in a book but when these pupils get out and help to dig a raised bed or plant pumpkins in those beds it really engages and inspires them. I had one pupil ask if we would use those same pumpkins for Halloween when I told her that we could also make soup from it she seemed astounded."

Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School is committed to teaching sustainability and environmental awareness in and around the prescribed syllabus. The school's eco-council have visited Festival Gardens on three occasions as part of the Green Angels Environmental Education course to take part in activities such as pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and bark rubbing, run by trainees.

Janet Fearnehough of Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School said: "We are so happy to have the gardening club up and running in the school. The pupils enjoyed the activities at Festival Gardens and it's great that the Green Angels can continue environmental education here at the school.

"After a special Green Angels gardening club assembly, we were inundated with applications for the after school club. Hopefully those pupils who had to miss out will be able to join in next term."

Rowan Joyce, Community Engagement Officer for The Green Angels project added: "A social enterprise was an aspiration of the Green Angels project from the beginning.

"The Land Trust is pleased that the trainees have taken the idea to heart and are so committed to continue the legacy of the project. It is gratifying that training will continue right through to the next generation while providing a platform for setting up a business in the environmental field."
  
The gardening club is running on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until the end of term.  For further information please contact Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager - carolynhassall@thelandtrust.org.uk . - See more at: http://www.thelandtrust.org.uk/community/news-detail.html?db=lt&NID=1000124#sthash.NjFvcisB.dpuf
The Land Trust's flagship Green Angels project provides free training in environmental subjects such as Parks and Countryside Management, Environmental Education and Horticulture.

Funded by Big Lottery, the project aims to raise awareness of environmental issues by educating people through active involvement with Liverpool Festival Gardens.

With support from the Land Trust, a group of Green Angels Environmental Education trainees are setting up a social enterprise and have organised a voluntary after-school gardening club at Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School.

Building on what they learned on the Green Angels courses, the gardening club teaches the pupils practical eco-gardening techniques in the school grounds.

Speaking after the first session, Green Angel Graham Shiels said: "It's important that people learn about their environment from an early age. Kids respond so well to the practicalities of gardening and for some of these children this is the first time they have come in to contact with where food comes from.

"It's one thing to read about these things in a book but when these pupils get out and help to dig a raised bed or plant pumpkins in those beds it really engages and inspires them. I had one pupil ask if we would use those same pumpkins for Halloween when I told her that we could also make soup from it she seemed astounded."

Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School is committed to teaching sustainability and environmental awareness in and around the prescribed syllabus. The school's eco-council have visited Festival Gardens on three occasions as part of the Green Angels Environmental Education course to take part in activities such as pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and bark rubbing, run by trainees.

Janet Fearnehough of Our Lady's Bishop Eton Primary School said: "We are so happy to have the gardening club up and running in the school. The pupils enjoyed the activities at Festival Gardens and it's great that the Green Angels can continue environmental education here at the school.

"After a special Green Angels gardening club assembly, we were inundated with applications for the after school club. Hopefully those pupils who had to miss out will be able to join in next term."

Rowan Joyce, Community Engagement Officer for The Green Angels project added: "A social enterprise was an aspiration of the Green Angels project from the beginning.

"The Land Trust is pleased that the trainees have taken the idea to heart and are so committed to continue the legacy of the project. It is gratifying that training will continue right through to the next generation while providing a platform for setting up a business in the environmental field."
  
The gardening club is running on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until the end of term.  For further information please contact Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager - carolynhassall@thelandtrust.org.uk . - See more at: http://www.thelandtrust.org.uk/community/news-detail.html?db=lt&NID=1000124#sthash.NjFvcisB.dpuf