Who are The Garden Classroom?
The Garden Classroom is a charity offering high quality outdoor educational sessions to children, young people, families and schools in Islington. The charity uses local green spaces to provide stimulating experiences, ignite curiosity and cultivate a love and interest in the natural world.
The Garden Classroom offers different types of nature themed outdoor learning and has a special programme focussing on trees, forests and woodlands, which provide Islington schools with Urban Forest School sessions. To support this, The Garden Classroom offers an outdoor learning training service delivering ITC First accredited training, including Forest School (Levels 1-3), Learning Beyond The Classroom (Level 3) and First Aid for Outdoor Learning. They aim to support school staff to gain confidence to be able to embrace all the benefits urban trees and natural spaces has to offer its pupils.
The Garden Classroom's Wonderful World of Bees programme is another special strand with apiaries at two sites at Gillespie Park and King Henry’s Walk Garden creating memorable experiences for pupils which they can apply in their learning when they return to the classroom.
Who can use our greenspaces?
The majority of our greenspaces are available for outdoor nature inspired activities during the school day for up to a maximum group of 50 people (children and adults combined per session).
- Costs will not be incurred if schools are based in Islington and are non-fee paying
- Fee paying schools, independent schools, schools from outside of the borough, and third parties* may incur a fee and must be booked through the Park Events Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please allow up to six weeks to process applications
- Numbers are restricted to a maximum of 50 people per visit
- No material equipment can be used in these sessions, for example equipment which can become hazardous such as temporary structures, without also applying to the Park Events Team for permission (email@example.com)
*Third party providers are organisations, companies and charities who do not hold a current partnership agreement with Islington Parks Service.
Book a School Trip
To take your school class to one of our greenspaces, check availability on our calendar and simply complete your forthcoming visit information 48 hours prior to the date of your session. For a full list of some of Islington’s green spaces please visit our Your local parks page. For information ontoilet facilities please email PublicRealm@islington.gov.uk