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 Garden Birmingham

Chris Beardshaw

Passionate, inspiring and hugely informed Chris Beardshaw is emerging as one of the leading lights in the world of gardening both as a television presenter and ambassador - breathing new life into the industry with his unique blend of skills and qualifications which embrace planting, garden design and landscape architecture. Fiercely committed to the authenticity of his profession Chris has often said that gardening doesn't start at 60.  "Gardening touches everybody. It's a great leveller." 

The award-winning gardener, designer, author and lecturer caught the gardening bug at the age of four - thanks to his Gran. Since receiving his first packet of seeds all he ever wanted to do was work with plants. Committed to research and with a deep hunger for knowledge he qualified first as a horticulturalist and then as a landscape architect and was already lecturing and running his own business by the time the broadcasters came knocking on his door.  In fact, his TV debut was a mistake as he was told 'you'll do' by a TV crew who were searching desperately for someone to interview at a flower show.