Garden launches education programme

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

Garden launches education programme

Ventnor Botanic Garden.

VENTNOR Botanic Garden has launched an education programme it hopes will blossom.

Grow with Us is grounded in the National Curriculum and includes activities, courses and workshops designed to build skills, encourage confidence and make learning "engaging and inspirational."

The new programme has been designed to cater for children of all ages and abilities and encourages schools to make use of the garden as an outdoor classroom.

Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends’ Society chairman Chris Kershaw said: "It is part of our constitution to promote education in the botanic garden and with the help of the Community Interest Company and our trusty volunteers, led by Joy Munro, we have created this excellent new opportunity.

"As well as inspiring the next generation to get in touch with nature, we hope this programme will remind local residents what an excellent resource and asset the garden is to the Island and that it is here to stay."

In the past the friends’ society has been able to support local children, contributing to the cost of transporting them from their schools to the garden.

It aims to continue that support, making it easier for schools to visit more often throughout the academic year.

The programme will be launched on Thursday, next week, when teachers from Isle of Wight schools have been invited to a welcome session to learn more about the programme and tour the garden.

More information is at education@botanic.co.uk or 01983 855397, option three, to book a place.

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