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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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Defra's mandate is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper. Their interests include farming, food and drink, horticulture, sustainable development and wildlife and the countryside. They have a searchable list of farms to visit ... Read more

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)

FACE's aim is to educate children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside. It does so by working with partners to promote visits to farms and provide easy access to a wide range of educational resources.

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Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG)

The FCFCG supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces, creating opportunities for local communities to grow. They produce a range of publications, and there is a searchable list of places to visit on the website

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Field Studies Council (FSC)

The FSC is committed to helping people understand, and be inspired by, the natural world. They produce on-line resources, publish a huge range of field guides and run 17 field studies centres across the UK.

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Food for Life Partnership

A network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. They provide a range of resources and run an award scheme to promote healthy eating.

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Forest Education Initiative (FEI)

The Forest Education Initiative aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of trees, woodlands and forests, and of the link between trees and everyday wood products. FEI supports local cluster groups

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Forestry Commission

The government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands. The Woodlands for Learning section of the website has lots of resources, plus places to visit.

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Friends of the Earth

Dedicated to making life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems. The website has teaching resources relating to environmental issues, citizenship and sustainable development, including food & farming and wildlife & habitats.

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Garden Organic

Garden Organic for Schools ( helps children grow vegetables at school, learn more about their food and how to enjoy a healthy diet.It offers support, advice and resources to schools to help them offer high quality classroom and garden-based education, ... Read more


Groundwork's education programme, One World Schools, provides a range of solutions to the sustainable schools strategy, helping schools identify sources of funding and teaching young people how individual actions can make a difference locally and globally.They operate nationally, regionally and ... Read more

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