Situated in beautiful countryside, our fields, woods, pond, and gardens are a wonderful resource, making the practical day to day care of our environment a pleasure full of educational possibilities.
Philpots Gardening HQ is the Land-Craft Hut. It has an indoor class-room with tool store, green wood-turning facilities and welly-room and just outside is a bread-oven, wood-store, green-house and cold frames. The tool store has a variety of hand and power tools, including a lawn-mower. It has a quorn for flour-milling and various juicers, de-hydrators and extendable long-handled apple-pickers for during the Apple Season.
Adjacent to the Land-craft Area is the Philpots Garden. This half-acre plot is surrounded by a rabbit-proof deer-fence and has allotments, beds, herb area, soft fruit bushes and a large poly-tunnel. Kitchen, garden and stable-waste is converted in compost heaps and Autumn leaves are turned into leaf mould.
The children begin their studies with nature observation and meadow walks, collecting seeds and berries. Each class soon has its own vegetable and flower plot, and later progresses to greenhouse work, cereal growing, plant propagation, tree planting and then more advanced horticultural activities.
As well as growing salads, vegetables, fruits and flowers other projects are worked on in Gardening and Project Lessons, some of which go towards the gaining of certifiable Rural Skills, usually through the Open College Network (OCN)
Recent Gardening and Land-craft projects have included: