Schools Garden Challenge

As part of the Arley Garden Festival, schools are invited to compete for an educational trip to Stockley Farm Park by creating their own garden.

The Schools Garden Challenge encourages pupils to get involved in an initiative running until June to learn about the life of plants.

As part of the project children will learn how to grow plants and about the stages of plant growth from seed, germination and maturity.

Arley Hall and Gardens provides the flowerbed and compost, and students are free to have any theme or topic for their garden design.

During the festival itself, which takes place on 25th and 26th June, the class will have marquee space to display their creation, as well as any work they may have showing how the gardens was put together.  

The prize

The winning school will visit Stockley Farm Park with their whole class (up to 30 children and five adults) for a free tailor-made educational visit anytime until June 2017.

Stockley Farm Park specialises in hands-on animal experiences, ranging from bottle feeding baby goats and lambs to grooming ponies, going on wildlife safaris and cuddling rabbits and guinea pigs in Pets' Corner. 

The attraction is an organic working farm, farming both dairy cattle and arable crops, so children will be able to learn even more about where their food comes from, through experiences such as milking parlour demonstrations and planting activities.

More about Arley Garden Festival

The garden festival will encompass all things horticultural, with several plant nurseries and a creative crafts marquee.

There will also be a food fair in the historic Cruck Barn, catering outlets, and brass and jazz band entertainment.

How to enter

To enter the competition, teachers should call 01565-777353 (ext 31) or e-mail

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