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Tayport Community Garden

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Contact details: Jenny Glen - Volunteer Coordinator
Email: volunteer@tayportgarden.org
Website: www.tayportgarden.org

Tayport Community Garden

Tayport Community Garden is for all those people with green fingers, who have an interest in growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, or would like to explore the natural world up close. Get stuck in with assisting the gardeners or start a mini-project of your own.

Activities

Botanical Drawing

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Find an interesting plant in the garden and draw an incredible anatomical diagram of its different parts. Pick the gardener’s brains and raid the communal library for help to label your picture. The finished article can go on the garden’s blog for everyone to see.

Bug Quest

Age Range: 5 - 14
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Age Range: 5 - 14
Duration: 60 minutes

Which types of critters can you find in the garden? If possible, have a look in the garden’s bug hotels, ponds, grassy areas, flower beds and veg patches. Are the creatures you have found a gardener’s friend or foe? How can you encourage helpful wildlife into the garden? How are the unhelpful invaders dealt with?

Green Blogging

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Did you know that the gardeners at Tayport Community Garden are taking the garden online? This is your chance to capture what’s going on in the garden right now. What are people doing there and why are they doing it? Are the tasks fun or hard work? You could write about what has changed in the garden since the last blog post. Don’t forget to add an interesting photo to your entry

Green Science

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Gardening isn’t all guess work, there is science behind what happens in the garden and why things are done the way they are. With the help of a gardener, undertake a short scientific experiment. You could measure the acidity of the soil, check local weather conditions to see which plants would be suitable for the local climate or assist with other science-related tasks. Talk to the gardener about why scientific observation is important for a successful growing season.

Grow Your Own

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 20 minutes

Choose a type of flower, and with the help of the gardener, plant a bulb or some seeds in the garden, either outside or in the greenhouse. Talk to the gardener about what the plant needs for the next few weeks, and come back to the garden to see how it changes over the season. You may need to pot on the plant or plant it outside when the weather warms up; why is this? This can be enjoyed at any time of year. Don't forget to log credits for the follow-up visits!

Guerilla Gardening

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Make seed bombs with accompanying instructions to grow at home. For additional credit, make a short diary about how things change through the year and show it to the garden volunteers or your teacher.

Make Yourself Useful

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Come and help out in the garden during one of the Open Gardening Sessions on Sundays between 11 and 4. You could be digging, planting, weeding, watering, bug-busting, labelling or harvesting. Come and get stuck in!

Market Gardening

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

Help the volunteers to dig up, cut down or pick fruits and vegetables and then prepare them for sale at the garden.

Pass It On

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

For an additional credit, design a seed packet for your collected seeds, complete with a picture of the flowering plant and growing instructions. This can be done at any time of year.

Peer Education

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 60 minutes

What is a carbon footprint? What is our carbon footprint doing to the environment around Tayport? What can we do to limit this change? Design a poster to share your knowledge in an eye—catching way for the local community.

Seed Harvest

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 30 minutes

With the help of an adult, collect some seeds from the garden to plant in the next growing season. Whilst you are collecting, talk with the gardener about why the various types of seeds look so different. What might be the reasons for the differences? This activity is best enjoyed in late summer/autumn.

Tool Safety

Age Range: 5 - 18
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Duration: 30 minutes

An essential session on how to use equipment safely for anyone helping out in the garden. Complete this activity and you're good to go!