Sharing the urban harvest. Abundance is a network of volunteers that collects fruit that would otherwise go unpicked and shares it locally
Contains loads of really useful posters to purchase.
Appetite for Action
Educational website that helps primary schools tackle a range of sustainability issues through the topic of food. Free resources to help pupils reduce food waste, grow their own fruit and vegetables, understand composting and reduce waste to landfill. Plus a school challenge to reduce their schools CO2 impact.
Bake Your Lawn
Developed by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, to support teachers help children to sow a square metre of soil with a handful of wheat and grow it, mill it, bake it and eat it, following the Real Bread journey from seed to sandwich
BBC Breathing Places
This project is now closed but all the teaching resources linked to wildlife are still available on the website.
BBC Dig In
Detailed lesson plans showing how gardening and cooking activities can be linked to a range of curriculum subjects at KS2, plus two veg-themed worksheets for KS1.
BBC Gardening With Children
Includes fascinating facts, projects and easy-to-grow plants.
An online biodiversity project open to all schools in Europe, suitable for pupils aged ten or older.
Big Wildlife Garden
All the information you need to turn your school grounds into a nature zone. Extensive site with social networking element. Also runs an annual Big Wildlife Garden competition with a separate category for educational establishments.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Teaching resources to download for primary and secondary school science education, and information on school-scientist links.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
A useful site for all kinds of plant information. Also has an education section.
The British Beekeepers Association - Bees for Kids
The aim of this section of this website is to help children, teachers and parents come to value bees.
British Science Association's Global CREST Challenges
A set of materials produced to support students taking the British Science Association's CREST awards who want their project to have an international development focus. The material is divided into five different areas including one on food. To support students links to technical briefs used by ‘real’ engineers in the field are provided.
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)
Lists training courses and working holidays. Also a good source of unusual tools eg for hedging and forestry.
One-stop shop for information on UK invertebrates on land and in water, and how to conserve them.
Business in the Community
Employee volunteering has a number of benefits for communities, education, for businesses and for employees themselves. Find out how volunteers from local businesses can help out in your school garden.
Game encouraging young people to look at the connections between farmland management and biodiversity.
Carbon Detectives' Kit (DCSF)
Allows you to measure the carbon emissions of your school.
Carnivorous Plant Nursery
Your one-stop shop for carnivorous plants and useful information on their care and culture. If you are looking for activities, classroom resources, games and gifts or carnivorous plants, let Carnivorous Plant Nursery supply your needs for venus flytrap, sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort, bog orchids and many more carnivorous plants.
Learn about growing food, recycling and looking after the environment with Dirtgirl. Also songs on the theme of animals, including minibeasts and seasons.
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Resources on sustainable living, especially in relation to food and energy.
Charles Darwin Trust
The Charles Darwin Trust uses the intellectual and cultural heritage of Darwin, through his approach to science and his work at Down House and in the immediate countryside, to inspire a deeper understanding of the natural world.
Climate Change and the Food Supply
Website for KS2 pupils introducing climate change, how food choices impact on climate change, and how climate change is affecting food supply. A range of resources, including video clips, presentations, games and worksheet-based activities are provided.
Compost into Food
Practical Action Organisation shows how pumpkins can be grown through using compost.
Conservation Foundation Great British Elm Experiment
Project that offers free saplings to schools and community groups from mature elms that appear to have resisted Dutch elm disease. The project hopes unlock the mystery of why some elms survived the disease
Convention on Biological Diversity
Resources on biodiversity and agriculture.
Helps schools in Devon set up food-growing areas. Some resources on website.
Attractive site set up by Dorset Cereals to help schools develop vegetable gardens and grow food. Includes lots of practical, garden-based, fun activities.
ELBS - A Teacher's Guide
Supporting Environmental and Land-Based Studies, this site provides course information on five GCSEs (Plant cultivation, Amenity horticulture, Management of the natural environment, Care of animals and Livestock). It has good downloadable information and presentations suitable for KS3 and 4.
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment's(CABE) resource to support teaching and learning through buildings and place
Explore the Nature on Your Doorstep
The booklet results from Wild About Plants' work with primary schools in Sefton, Merseyside over the last two years and may be of interest for teachers and park rangers as well as others who work with schools in urban parks.
Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
Huge range of resources on food, farming and the countryside.
Practical Action has developed a technology to allow farmers to grow food on flooded land. This site shows how to grow a floating garden.
Food and Agriculture
Main web page for Practical Action Organisation's food and agriculture work. This website has some really interesting projects relating to food that will capture teachers and students interest.
The Foodshare "Growing to Give" project encourages schools in the UK and around the world to create a Foodshare Bed and grow fresh produce for a local charity.
Forest Education Initiative
Partnership of eight organisations including the Forestry Commission and The Tree Council. The website has lots of worksheets for all years on trees and wood.
Child-led activities in a woodland environment to develop personal, social and emotional skills.
Fruitful Schools makes it brilliantly easy and fun for pupils, teachers, parents and friends to plant fruit trees and get growing. They provide fruit trees, planting information, inspiration and support which makes this great idea come alive.
All you need to know about planning and planting a school orchard - even where space is very limited.
Fungi for Schools
Wide range of resources for primary and secondary, including an image bank, from British Mycological Society.
Gardening with Children
Garden resources for all ages, including links to interactive games.
Garden Organic for Schools
Lots of resources for teachers, and schools programme to join, from organic gardening charity.
The Grain Chain
Find out how grains are grown and harvested, what happens to them before they reach your plate, and why they're so good for you. Suitable site for 5-16 year olds.
Great Plant Hunt
Resources for KS1 and 2 linked to Darwin Centenary (2009) and International Year of Biodiversity (2010).
A global tree-planting project for schools.
Grow Your Own Potatoes
A Potato Council project that provides free resources, and potatoes, for primary-age children.
Bank of resources, support and places to visit linked to food and farming, gardening and green spaces and wildlife and the natural environment.
Growing Schools Garden
Virtual recreation of medal-winning garden, with project ideas and case studies.
Grow Your Own Grub
Step-by-step guide to setting up a food-growing area in schools.
The Herb Society schools website
Lots of information on herbs. Designed for pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 to use on their own or with support. There are a few pages for teachers.
The Horticultural Taxonomy Group
The purpose of this website is to provide a fund of information for the non-specialist enthusiast wishing to learn more about how plants are named, as well as a forum where questions of cultivated plant taxonomy can be aired and addressed.
Fundraising schemes, including one based on selling bulbs.
The Junior Seed site
Everything you want to know about seeds.
The Kids Garden
Information and activities to stimulate kids' imagination through gardening.
Children's section of the National Gardening Association (USA) website.
Let's Get Cooking
A five-year, £20 million programme to set up a network of 5,000 cooking clubs across England.
The idea behind Little Growers is to help educate children, while having fun, in the way that our food grows.
The Linnean Society
The Society has produced a series of resources linked to the National Curriculum. These are focused - Taxonomy, Classification, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Whole Organism Biology.
Little Green Farm
A community interest company that supports sustainable gardening, environmental education and the development of natural playspaces for schools and community groups.
Love School Grounds
Website supporting school grounds professionals.
Learning through Landscapes
School grounds charity. Some free resources, with much more extensive benefits available to members.
Mind the Gap!
This website helps you learn about the world around you through a series of fun, free and curriculum linked activities. You can explore where your food comes from, how to build sustainable homes, take community decisions and much more.
Mygrove - A right royal blogger
Mygrove is a new area of HRH The Prince of Wales's website, with blogs about the royal gardens, and encouragement for schoolchildren to get involved with growing and blogging about their experiences.
National Association of Field Study Officers, supporting outdoor learning.
National Association for Environmental Education
Is launching a new website to bring together environmental educators from across the country.Containing useful information, events and classroom resources from all areas of environmental education in one place.
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
This website is packed full of resources for teaching Maths outside. You need to use the search engine (top right) to find relevant resources. Search ‘outdoor learning’ in ‘Resources’ to find out more.
The environmental centre that created this website is now closed, but the interactive resources for Early Years to KS4 remain, including Plant Explorer: http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/plant/index.html
Information on wildlife gardening.
Natural History Museum
Extensive website which includes sections for kids and for schools. Postcode plant database - which wildflowers are growing in your area.
Woodland Trust's site for young people. Includes resources and activities for schools.
Phenology project run by the Woodland Trust recording the changing seasons.
Norfolk County Council
Step Outside! offers teachers numerous creative ideas for utilising their outdoor space for cross-curricular learning.
Norfolk Food Discovery
This major project for Norfolk primary schools - aimed at getting children and their parents excited about eating the wonderful food produced in Norfolk - is now working with six new schools.
One Planet Schools
A source of ideas for schools wanting to encourage sustainable development.
The Open Air Laboratory (OPAL) organises large-scale natural history surveys. The kids zone has games, activity sheets and competitions.
Outdoors - Thinking Beyond the Classroom
Information on how the outdoor classroom can be successfully planned to motivate learners in science whilst highlighting opportunities to bridge into mathematics.
Parks and Gardens UK
The School Zone of this site has a range of activities for Key Stages 1-4, supported by extensive resources, showing how using parks can help fulfil the Every Child Matters agenda and support the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto.
People's Trust for Endangered Species
Download workshops, fact sheets and activity ideas on a range of animals all for free e.g 'Meet the Stag Beetle' and 'Mammal Detectives'. Activities are curriculum linked (key stages 1 & 2) and cover a range of subjects such as 'Beetle Olympics' for sports, and creating food chains for science lessons. Registration is free.
Plants and Us
This website demonstrates the important and varied role of plants in our lives by suggesting the top ten plants in these categories: architecture, children, economics, farming, fashion, gardening, gastronomy, history, medicine and sport. See if you agree with their choices.
Plant science investigations at school and in the botanic garden.
Plant Science Image Database
Images of plants from microscopic to landscape scale, with explanatory text, free to use for not-for-profit educational purposes.
Resources for schools on recycling, including lesson plans on composting.
The Renewable Energy Centre
This website has a range of resources and lesson planning material on sustainability in the garden. A good resource for secondary schools looking for enterprise-based ideas.
Roots & Shoots
Is an education programme for young people. Roots & Shoots encourages children to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment by providing teachers with free resources and activities.
Royal Forestry Society
Website has a range of on-line and downloadable resources.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Has a range of curriculum-linked resources for Key Stages 1-4 including activities to carry out in the school grounds, the Big Schools Garden Birdwatch and Wildlife Action Awards for schools.
Curriculum-linked lessons and teaching ideas for EYFS and KS1-4 on school grounds, mini-beasts, life-cycles and habitats. Includes lessons on seed dispersal, pollination, compost heaps and worms.
School Food Matters
The School Food Matters website is for anyone who cares about school food and food education.
Science and Plants for Schools
Works with teachers to promote plant science and molecular biology as key curriculum areas. Resources for primary to A-level and beyond.
Science and Special Education Needs
These units have been developed by Cambridgeshire teachers, involved in the STRATA project, to support the work of teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs in Science.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Teaching Space has a variety of school grounds activities, including the Tree Maths Trail.
Schools Global Gardens Network
This portal provides a feast of ideas for making the link between the carrots and spuds you grow in your school allotment or growbag and themes such as climate change, water conservation and the history of farming and food around the world.
Seeds for Food
Appealing to schools to send in the seeds from the food you eat / grow over to Algeria.
Smith College Botanic Garden (USA)
Kids area contains virtual tours of the glasshouses, and interactive games.
Soil-Net.com is a free environmental internet resource for Key Stages 1-4 providing teachers and students extensive curriculum-based information about soil.
Downloadable resources for hands-on experiments inspired by Darwin, from the Wellcome Trust.
Extensive and well-organised links to resources for all Key Stages on the theme of renewable (ie plant-based) resources, and what they can be used for.
TES Teaching Resource
Free lesson plans, teaching resources and whiteboard resources, uploaded and reviewed by teaching professionals.
Thinking Beyond the Classroom
On-line CPD programme that aims to develop secondary science teachers’ skills in outdoor teaching.
The Tomato Zone
Information and activities around growing tomatoes for Key Stages 1-4.
Twinkl has a large collection of Early Years and KS1 resources.
Unusual & Weird Plant Species
Top 10 World’s Strangest, Unusual & Weird Plant Species to Learn!
Wild About Plants
Teaching resources from wildflower charity Plantlife including the Beescene survey and wildlflower habitat guides.
Wild About Gardens
Wildlife gardening from the RHS and Wildlife Trusts. Companion site to the Big Wildlife Garden.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Downloadable lesson plans, resources and briefing sheets, plus a children's zone.
The Wildlife Trusts
Umbrella organisation for 47 local wildlife trusts, many of which have children's activities and teaching resources on their websites.
Wildlife Trusts lively, interactive website with a club to join, activities and games, and loads of wildlife information.
A guide to identifying 22 trees found in the British countryside.
Outdoor learning for schools with a woodland theme including hundreds of activity sheets, free trees and the Green Tree schools awards.
WWF Footprint Calculator
Measures your ecological footprint.