Countryside Classroom - Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment

Growing Schools has been re-launched as Countryside Classroom, the largest ever partnership of organisations who are committed to helping children learn about food, farming and/or the natural environment.

It is the vision of Countryside Classroom that schools and teachers across the UK will embrace food, farming and the natural environment as essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating them into day-to-day learning. As a result of this, every child will have the opportunity to learn about and experience these topics in diverse ways that are increasingly supported by experiences outside the classroom.

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The Growing Schools Development and Delivery Group

The Development and Delivery Group consists of representatives from a range of organisations that support Growing Schools, chosen to ensure the widest coverage of the sector. It has three functions:

• To support Farming and Countryside Education in the management of the Growing Schools programme
• To take collective responsibility for the development and delivery of the programme
• To engage with allied organisations and networks to ensure maximum reach for the Growing Schools programme.

The Development and Delivery Group comprises:


Botanical Gardens Education Network (BGEN)
An umbrella group for educators based in botanic gardens throughout the UK.

Countryside Learning

Countryside Learning
Inspiring, educating and informing children, parents and teachers about the countryside, through educational visits and Countryside Live events backed by free online resources.


Farming & Countryside Education (FACE)
Educating children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside by working with partners to promote visits to farms and provide easy access to a wide range of educational resources.


Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens (FCFCG)
Supporting, representing and promoting community-managed farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces, creating opportunities for local communities to grow.


Learning Through Landscapes (LtL)
Helping schools and early years settings to make the most of their outdoor spaces for play and learning.


National Association of Field Studies Officers (NAFSO)
Representing professionals employed in teaching, developing and promoting field studies. Its members may work at field study centres, multi-activity centres, nature reserves, farm visit sites or schools


Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
Dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening through a huge range of activities including the Campaign for School Gardening.