Primary School in Stoke Newington

We are working with Nina Lovelace from Hackney Outdoors who has taken the lead. The plans are to transform a large astroturf area into a garden of fun, stimulus and learning for the kids. This project is VERY ambitious and Nina has been amazing!Growing Green is supporting her in any way we can. To get people excited, we will be planting a culinary and medicinal herb garden that will benefit Nina's forest school and the pollinators alike.

Herb Garden

To start the transformation process, we  planted this garden in March '24 and
are excited to watch it grow. rom native flowers to interesting herbs like Dyers
Chamomile and space for a sunflower groing competition
Herb Garden
  • It's all growing!
  • Monarda happy and healthy
  • Verbena Bonariensis
  • fennel
  • Bergamot
  • Sage

From Astroturf to Forest Garden

This large area could be turned from a biodiversity desert to a haven for all creatures, from bugs and birds to kids! Children need contact with soil; they need to learn about plants and how to care for them, and they need to play and watch water animals. What we once thought was good (astroturf) turned out to be detrimental not only for the environment but also kids' development. We have fantastic ideas (sensory garden, orchard, log piles, ...) but need the funds to make them happen.