Patrick’s Patch runs ‘The Potting Shed Club’ for primary school age children (ages 4 – 11) every year.
The Potting Shed Club runs once a month from March to October on Saturday mornings 10am – 11.30am. The club is run by the Head Gardener Rachel Foster. Rachel is a qualified gardener with lots of experience working with children and running gardening clubs. This is what Rachel had to say:
“I want the children to really enjoy being in the garden and gain satisfaction from making things they can take home and by helping with projects in Patrick’s Patch.”
During each club, the children make things to take home and they spend time helping on fun projects in Patrick’s Patch. There are mid-morning refreshments of hot drinks (for adults) and fruit juice, with homemade biscuits.
It is essential to pre-book as there is a maximum of 10 children.
Children must be accompanied by an adult – no more than three children per adult. Additional adults are not encouraged due to restricted space.
Cost per participating child is £10, with no charge for accompanying adults. Please book below.
If we do not have enough children to run the course successfully, we reserve the right for it to be cancelled and any money paid will be refunded. Only courses cancelled 1 week in advance maybe refunded.
Our 2019 courses will be available soon. See below for the courses that we ran this year.
All courses for 2018:
|March 17th||Spring into Action||We’ll start the gardening year with sowing seeds. Out in the garden the children will be raking the ground and sowing rows of different coloured carrots. They’ll sow their own tray of vegetables to take home and grow and make paper plant pots out of old newspaper.|
|April 7th||Start the Sunflowers||The children will make themselves a measuring stick which they can use out in the garden. We’ll be planting our potatoes in the ground and in bags which will be harvested by the Potting Shed Club later in the year. Patrick’s Patch is growing a big sunflower patch this year and the children can help by sowing masses of different sunflowers.|
|May 5th||Slugs and Worms||We’ll be having a look for our friends, the earth worms and finding out why they are so helpful. The children will also help set up an experiment to see which organic methods of slug control work best. The children can choose to sow a courgette or pumpkin to take home and grow.|
|June 9th||Bees and Butterflies||We’ll be spending the morning looking at our beautiful flowers and the insects which visit them. We’ll try and spot lots of butterflies and make butterfly feeders to take home. The children will pick bunches of fresh flowers and make posies to take home.|
|July 7th||Make your Own Salad||Patrick’s Patch salad is delicious. The children will get the opportunity to taste different salad leaves, herbs and edible flowers. They can then create their own salad boxes to take home for lunch. They can also sow some quick growing herbs to take home fr the kitchen windowsill. Out in the garden the Potting Shed Club potatoes will be ready to dig up – great fun!|
|September 8th||Harvest Festival||There will be an abundance of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the children to help harvest. They can taste the different apple varieties and make colourful bunches of late summer flowers to take home. Using our dried lavender the children will make lovely lavender bags to preserve the scent of summer.|
|October 6th||Help our Wild Friends||In our last session of the year we will be looking ahead to the winter and learning how to provide shelter and food for the different wildlife in our gardens. We’ll make little hedgehogs out of clay and straw to remind us to care for the hedgehogs and we’ll make fat balls for the hungry birds. We’ll also look at Autumn bulbs and plant hyacinths in pots to take home to flower for Christmas.|