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Social and therapeutic horticulture

Social and therapeutic horticulture is extremely beneficial for all children , but particularly those with special educational needs. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate competence and for children to feel successful. Most horticultural activities involve simple stages which produce a meaningful product, and one which is comparable to the modelled example. The horticultural setting of a garden area can in itself reduce anxiety and provide a physical outlet for children who struggle in a classroom environment.

​Spring / Summer

Most of spring and summer is spent sowing, planting out, weeding, harvesting and enjoying the wildlife of a full flower border. It's a great time for identification activities such as pond dipping, bee and butterfly spotting and wildflower walks.

Autumn/ Winter

There's still lots of harvesting to be done, plus bulb planting, wildflower sowing and planting beans, onions and garlic.  The winter months provide opportunities for crafts: sign making, bug hotel construction, willow weaving and border design. 

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