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Gardening & Conservation

This is an outdoors, practical, messy but highly rewarding sort of a group which meets every week to work in the school garden.  In 2013/14 we will work on:


  • The sixth form garden (which we started from scratch!). You will be doing seasonal jobs – tidying up after the summer, composting, looking after the ponds (including re-lining the big pond and meeting the frogs!), planting bulbs and seeds and finding out how to encourage bees and birds.
  • How to use different tools
  • Designing an area of the sixth form garden and making it happen
  • Working in old people’s gardens locally to do jobs they find difficult
  • Making bird boxes and feeders, and appreciating the importance of conservation and our garden wildlife


This is a real stress busting activity, completely different to the classroom – just fresh air, new practical skills and fun!


If you are thinking of a career in an environmental area, horticulture, garden design, countryside rangers, forestry commission, project officer for the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts etc.; the more environmentally related volunteering you have before and during university, the increased impact your CV has when competing for jobs.


One of the Huntington volunteers enjoyed it so much, he has gone to college to study Horticulture which he had never considered before!


Co-ordinator:              Noel Winteringham

When:                           Wednesday afternoon

Where:                         School Garden

How Long:                  One term