FGSL Workshops Archive 2016

Together with our partners, we run workshops and training throughout the year. Keep an eye on our Training and Events listings and read about previous workshops below. You can also contact the FGSL Engagement Officer for your London borough to express your interest in getting involved.

JUNE 2016

Monday 20th June, 3.30 – 5.30pm, Rhyl Primary School, Rhyl Street, NW5 3HB  (FGSL). This forum is a chance to gain inspiration and ideas from another food growing school, share ideas and learn something new through a seasonal activity run by Food Growing Schools: London. Pleas e contact Paul Sadler at psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk to confirm you would like to attend.

Wednesday 22th June, 3.30 – 5.30pm, Chalgrove Primary School, Chalgrove Gardens, Finchley, N3 3PL (FGSL). This forum is a chance to gain inspiration and ideas from another food growing school, share ideas and learn something new through a seasonal activity run by Food Growing Schools: London. Please contact Paul Sadler at psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk to confirm you would like to attend.

Thursday 23 June, 5:30 – 8:00pm, Abbey Gardens, E15 3NF – Capital Growth Food Growing Training Learn about the best ways to recruit, retain and engage your garden’s volunteers. A great workshop for community gardens who are looking to find new helping hands in their area, but aren’t sure how, or for gardens who want to create a more structured volunteering programme.Trainer: Ida Fabrizio/Fee:£ 12.50-£25. (Capital Growth).

Saturday 25 June, 10:30am – 1:00pm, Glengall Wharf Garden, SE15 6NF. Learn to spot edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the city, as well as how to prepare them for teas and other tonics. Fee:£ 12.50-£25.(Capital Growth).

Wednesday 29 June, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden, NW1 4NR. Understanding plant life cycle and the intricte way they reproduce will help you become a better gardener. Fee:£ 12.50-£25.(Capital Growth).


MAY 2016

Grow to sell and planning for the summer holidays and beyond

11 May 2016, 1.30-4pm. Ridgeway Parimary School, Southcote Road, South Croydon, CR2 0EQ (Croydon) Growing to sell, planning for the summer holidays and having crops ready for the Autumn term. BOOKING:  Contact Paul Sadler for more information or to book email psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk (Garden Organic for Food Growing Schools: London).


APRIL 2016

Newham Schools Growing Network Conference

Tuesday 19th April , Maryland Primary School, Newham, E15 1SL

The conference is the 19th of April in Newham at a primary school called Maryland.  There are 11 schools signed up for the Newham Schools Growing Network which is starting on this day with a 2 hour workshop to help schools get started with their growing. from Lisa Grant for Food Growing Schools: London.

A Year in your School Gardening Club

20 April 2016. Fulham Primary School, Halford Road, London, SW6 1JU. £95
This course will give you inspiration for all the year-round activities to sustain a weekly gardening club, in all weathers and seasons. (RHS)

Grow a garden for free – Propagation techniques for the savvy food grower

Saturday 23 April 2016, 10:30 – 1pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

From plants cuttings to seed saving, there are many ways to get a new garden for free. Join us to learn all about propagation and start creating more plants using what you have thanks to our expert Nemone Mercer. (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar) (Capital Growth)


MARCH 2016

A Year in your School Gardening Club

1 March 2016. Hampton Hill Junior School, St James’s Avenue, Hampton, TW12 1HW. £95
This course will give you inspiration for all the year-round activities to sustain a weekly gardening club, in all weathers and seasons. (RHS)

Urban Schools – Get More from your Growing Space

7 March 2016. Hackney City Farm, Hackney City Farm, 1 Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA. £95
Do you work in an urban school where there is no allotment-style garden plot? (RHS). By the end of the course you will have:

  • Thought through new design ideas to enhance your school grounds.
  • Learnt how to plant up and maintain containers to enjoy large harvests from a small space.
  • Practised horticultural techniques to improve your success in any site, however challenging
One-to-one growing schools support

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 10:00 – 3pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

This event is organised in partnership with Food Growing Schools London. it aims to provide one to one sessions to schools needing help with their food growing space. Each participating school can book a slot of 1h during which they will be able to ask specific questions to our experienced trainer Paul Sadler.

Please ensure you have prepared specific questions to make the most of the session (Anything from design and set up to of your food garden to horticultural advice and help creating activities). You can also bring pictures of your garden to help the trainer understand your space.

(Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar) (Capital Growth).

One to one school food growing support

9 March 2016, 10am-3pm (full day). The Regent’s Park Allotment NW1 4NR. Full day session: £50 (non-members), £25 (Capital Growth members) unless otherwise stated. Schools book a one hour slot between 10am and 3pm. Session run in partnership with Food Growing Schools: London. Growing in Schools – these sessions are designed to help schools and youth organisations integrate food growing into the academic calendar and curriculum as well as give you the skills to run effective sessions for young people. They are run in partnership with Food Growing Schools London, which aims to help all London schools to grow food. Trainer: Julie Henley-Wilkinson (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar (Capital Growth)

Get ready for Summer!

9 March 2016, 1.30-4pm. Rockmount Primary School, Chevening Road, Upper Norwood, SE19 3ST (Croydon) Get ready for summer! Easy crops for the Summer term. Attracting beneficial wildlife. BOOKING:  Contact Paul Sadler for more information or to book email psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk (Garden Organic for Food Growing Schools: London).

Is beekeeping for you?

Saturday 12 March 2016, 10:30 – 1pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

This taster session’s purpose is to introduce you to the beekeeping concept by going through the basics including what is involved, the equipment, the bee year, honey and extraction and diseases. By the end of the session you will know what beekeeping exactly involves and you might decide to get further training in beekeeping to become a professional yourself!

Trainer: Camilla Goddard (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar) (Capital Growth).

The Edible School Garden

14 March, 2016. Rhyl Primary School, Rhyl Street, London, NW5 3HB. £95
This course will give you the skills you need to set up a simple productive garden and manage the growing space seasonally throughout the year. Along the way you will also observe some of the science behind the garden, such as investigating and growing pips and seeds from common fruits. (RHS)

Beautiful and functional: Designing, planning and managing your food growing space

Saturday 19 March 2016, 10:30 – 4pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden

This sessions contains all you need to plan a succesful growing space throughout the year including planning what crops to grow when, soil management, extending the growing season, working with volunteers and, maintaining an effective community project for the entire year. Session: £50 (non-members), £25 (Capital Growth members).

Trainer: Nemone Mercer. (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar) (Capital Growth)

The Edible School Garden

22 March 2016. Charlton Manor Primary School, Charlton Manor Primary School, Indus Road, London, SE7 7EF. £95.
This course will give you the skills you need to set up a simple productive garden and manage the growing space seasonally throughout the year. Along the way you will also observe some of the science behind the garden, such as investigating and growing pips and seeds from common fruits. (RHS)


FEBRUARY 2016

Urban food growing for real beginners

Saturday 6 February 2016, 10:30-1pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden
If you want to start growing food but don’t know where to start, this course is for you! From understanding your space to what can be grown and growing techniques; we’ll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. Half day session: £25 (non-members), £12.50 (Capital Growth members). (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite calendar) (Capital Growth)

Growing to Sell – Design and Run your own Enterprise Project

9 February, 2016.  Gallions Primary School, Warwall, London, E6 6WG. £95
Be inspired to develop an enterprise project using fresh produce, grown at school with your pupils (RHS). At the end of the course you will have:

  • Planned an enterprise project to launch with pupils at your school
  • Learnt key practical skills around growing to sell
  • Explored the various cross-curricular opportunities involved
One to one school food growing support

24 February 2016, 10am-3pm (full day). The Regent’s Park Allotment. NW1 4NR. Full day session: £50 (non-members), £25 (Capital Growth members) unless otherwise stated. Schools book a one hour slot between 10am and 3pm. Session run in partnership with Food Growing Schools: London. Growing in Schools – these sessions are designed to help schools and youth organisations integrate food growing into the academic calendar and curriculum as well as give you the skills to run effective sessions for young people. They are run in partnership with Food Growing Schools London, which aims to help all London schools to grow food. Trainer: Paul Sadler (Booking and more information via the Eventbrite Calendar (Capital Growth)

Planning and managing your school garden

26 February 2016, 10am-3:30pm (full day). The Regent’s Park Allotment NW1 4NR. Full day session: £50 (non-members), £25 (Capital Growth members) unless otherwise stated. Growing in Schools – these sessions are designed to help schools and youth organisations integrate food growing into the academic calendar and curriculum as well as give you the skills to run effective sessions for young people. They are run in partnership with Food Growing Schools London, which aims to help all London schools to grow food. Trainer: Tom Moggach (Booking and more information via Capital Growth) Capital Growth Autumn/Winter 2015 calendar

Early Years Garden Explorer

26 February 2016.  Lordship Recreation Ground, Eco Hub, Lordship Recreation Ground, Higham Road, N17 6NU. £95
The benefits of gardening with young children are enormous and this course will give you the confidence and skills to be able to lead engaging Early Years learning activities focused on plants and growing. (RHS)

Make your produce go further- Making Garden goodies (food & non – food)

Saturday 27 February 2016, 10:30am-1pm. The Regent’s Park Allotment NW1 4NR. Short workshop: £25 (non-members), £12.50 (Capital Growth members). Growing Enterprise – if you are interested in selling surplus food, growing food to sell or develop enterprising ideas, then these sessions will get you started. They are run as part of our Growing Enterprise support, which includes advice and help to find a local buyer. Due to the advanced nature of this course it is aimed at adult community participants interested in enterprise, and for teachers at secondary school level and above only. You can find out more and get a further discount by emailing capitalgrowth@sustainweb.org (Capital Growth) Capital Growth Autumn/Winter 2015 calendar