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 Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

The RSPCA aims to promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals. Their education service supports teachers in developing informed, responsible and active citizens and helps schools become more animal friendly.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The RSPB works for the conservation of wild birds, other wildlife and the places in which they live. The Living Classrooms scheme promotes visits to RSPB reserves and they produce a wide range of curriculum-linked resources for use in schools, ... Read more

The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts' vision is 'an environment rich in wildlife for everyone'. They stand up for wildlife and the environment by creating and enhancing wildlife havens, inspiring people about the natural world and fostering sustainable living. Their education teams can ... Read more

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust aim is to see more and more people enjoying trees and woods as part of their everyday lives. To support this, it has developed a series of learning resources and projects for schools, created in partnership with ... Read more


Thrive uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people. They support around 900 garden projects in England and the Republic of Ireland and offer help and advice through their website

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Tree Council

An umbrella body for over 180 UK organisations working to promote the importance of trees within the changing environment. It funds tree planting in schools and has produced the Tree Ties CD with information and activity sheets on trees.

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Wildaid aims to reach out to a diverse range of communities and promote inclusive activities for young people that are challenged by physical or social constraints. We work with schools and communities to reconnect people to nature and to ... Read more

Wildlife and Wetlands Trust

The WWT is a conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world. They have nine specialist wetland visitor centres in the UK, and a range of curriculum-based resources on their website. Visit the Learning resources for activities ... Read more

YHA School Trips

The YHA provides a range of educational and activity-based school trips for young people of all ages. The website has useful additional advice and they can organise familiarisation sessions for teachers.

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