We offer a wide range of garden sessions and workshops for schools and community groups. What we offer changes with the seasons and we welcome groups of all ages and abilities.
Some of the subjects we cover are: urban habitats, lifecycles, plant structure, mini-beasts, climate change, and pond life.
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Environmental Education in 2018 included a series of Horticultural Skills Workshops for Adults as well as an expansion of our work with Primary Schools. We provided structured activities in the Garden for 28 classes and enabled both Vittoria and Thornhill Primary to use the Garden as an outdoor classroom for their own curriculum requirements.
The Family School (who work with excluded primary-aged children and their families) now visit almost on a daily basis with their young students to explore seasonal changes, hunt for bugs and benefit from the calm environment we have created. 3 Local nurseries bring their children to visit on an ad hoc basis.
We run a range of arts and creative workshops which help participants to learn about plants and wildlife through drawing and observation.
We have a ‘Dry Garden’, acid bed, winter garden, rose pergola, and wildlife area and are happy to talk about planting ideas.
This is an example of a lifecycle session we offer:
The Lifecycle of Amphibians
Starting with supervised pond dipping (weather and seasonally dependent – frogs, toads and newts should be active from March onwards.)
A tank is provided for closer inspection. We will explain a frog’s lifecycle and then students are asked to draw/ copy 4 stages. This can also be run alongside a mini-beast hunt where students seek out the different species which live in the garden.
Culpeper is an island of biodiversity in the inner city – an organic garden with a rich variety of plants which provide year round nectar for bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies. Ivy-clad trees offer shelter and nest sites for birds such as long tailed tits, blackbirds, sparrows and robins, while the pond is home to frogs, toads and smooth newts.
Culpeper’s wildlife area features a bog garden and the mature trees have been underplanted with wildflowers. Nettles and brambles (food plants for many insect species) thrive undisturbed. Search for intriguing invertebrates such as woodlice, spiders and centipedes in our “minibeast mansion”, spot dragonflies hovering over the pond or listen to the birds chirruping in the treetops.
Culpeper’s wildlife is great for gardeners too. Frogs and toads keep our slugs at bay, birds scoff prodigious amounts of snails and caterpillars and insect predators such as wasps, ground beetles, lacewings and ladybirds feed on smaller pests such as aphids.
In 2018, we received the Pattenden award for best wildlife garden in Islington.
To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk