Our educational work in schools and with families
Urban Canopy was formed in 2016 when two friends got together to host educational workshops for local schools at Kennington Park, during the restoration of the formal flower garden there. Following the workshops, we were contacted by the schools who were keen to take the learning we had been delivering, and bring it onto the school grounds on a regular basis. Since then, we have been providing interactive and engaging gardening education opportunities for school children across London.
We can work with children and teachers to plan and create inspirational and sustainable gardens tailored to an individual school’s needs, with a view to creating spaces that support delivery of curriculum-based outdoor leaning across the year.
From orchards to wildlife gardens, sensory planting schemes to edible gardens, we engage with the school’s community during the creation of the outdoor educational space, as we have been doing at St. Mark’s CofE school in Kennington for four years now, where we worked with the community to restore the food and wildlife gardens, before developing a programme of regular lessons for students there.
We can also create a programme of after-school gardening clubs, as we have done with St. George’s School in Battersea. Here we also engaged children with weekly curriculum-based lessons, and regularly get the children involved in our other gardening activities in the local area, such as our Sundial Gardens installation for Chelsea Fringe in 2018.
As well as working on site at primary schools, we have experience in creating workshops in other settings, where schools can visit for educational site trips. We’ve hosted workshops at Chiswick House’s Walled Kitchen Garden, at Brixton Windmill, and have recently developed a schools education programme for the gardens at Ruskin Park.
We have worked closely with organisations such as the Healthy Living Platform to develop a programme of outdoor educational play for younger children, aged under four years, at Max Roach Adventure Playground, and have developed a Forest Garden programme to invite pre-nursery aged kids to visit the wildlife garden at St. Mark’s School.
We are always happy to drop by and see your school’s grounds and hear about your needs before developing a tailored proposal for you and your children, so drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat about we might be able to help you.