Children's Climate Change Project
3 - 5 yrs (Foundation)
We were amazed when we first publicised our National Lottery Community Funded climate change garden project onto Facebook - on Wed 7th April, that we would receive such an overwhelming demand for spaces! We were overly subscribed with over 70 people wanting one of the 24 places. We then decided to set up two groups, one for the foundation phase (3-5 yrs) and the other for juniors (age 5+ yrs).
The foundation group #Letsgrowtogether workshops are funded by DS Smith, will contain more of a craft element and start from Sat 12th June.
Ideally we'd like to set up a gardening club/ group with the same children coming to all 15 workshops but this isn't always practical. Parents were contacted and asked to confirm which workshops they could attend and if there were any gaps then spaces could be allocated to the children on our waiting list. This is the fairest way of doing things so children on the waiting list are given the chance to come.
Children aged 3 - 5 yrs will be able to attend 15 free gardening workshops, led by Tasha Gittings. They're designed to promote the values of sustainable living through growing vegetables and the vital role that pollinators play in producing our food. As well as enjoyable gardening activities at our Centre’s climate change garden, the children will be able to take a fun activity pack home to complete. Also included is a recipe card in the pack to promote healthy eating which has been provided by Cardiff resident, Michael Bell - a Brand Marketing manager and food writer (see his website). The gardening workshops will run from 12th June to 29th January 2022, on the second Saturday of every month during term time and weekly on Thursday mornings 10.30 - 12.30 during school holidays. If the weather is poor a takeaway option is available.
Notice for participants of the Saturday and Holiday Gardening Plant and Grow Workshops
As many of you know we are running a programme of gardening and craft activities monthly at weekends during term times and weekly during school holidays.
We hope that the children are enjoying the sessions and will continue to ‘plant and grow’. At the last junior session, we had to turn away disappointed children from the event and we want to avoid this.
These workshops have an educational element and one of the outcomes is to get children more involved in gardening and growing food. We are giving priority to children who can consistently attend over the life of the project over those who wish to attend one session only.
There are over 60 children on the register and a total of 26 children can attend each event. As we have more children than spaces, there isn’t room for everyone to register for each session and there are no guarantees that children will be able to attend all the sessions. We want to ensure that all sessions are full. We also have to abide by Covid restrictions – which necessitate everyone attending being booked in in advance.
To maximise coverage, we are applying the following rules:
Only those people on the session register will be able to attend the event. The register will be filled initially from people who attended the last event. If additional spaces are available the register will be opened to others on the list, with those who gave notice of non-attendance at the top of the list and ‘no-shows’ at the bottom.
The register will be open 8 days before each session and participants will be given 4 days to respond on a first come basis. They will be informed 3 days before each session that they have a place.
We are currently planning for the weekly summer holiday events on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be extending the register as not everyone from the Saturday workshops can attend.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the parents who have worked with us to ensure that these are enjoyable, fulfilling and worthwhile events.