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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Education Service

“ A super trip. A great consolidation to our topic on mini beasts! Great staff, very enthusiastic. Our EYFS children loved the day.”

St Thomas Infant school
 
Children looking at orchid

Grow with us! Explore science, geography, English, maths and so much more. Learn about recycling, conservation, threatened habitats and species in danger, and the roles we can play and how we can communicate better. Students gain new skills in a supportive environment.

  • Service features

    • A purpose-built education centre, education garden and picnic area set within 180 acres of managed garden and woodland.

    • Experienced education officers can organise and lead activities on guided visits.

    • Indoor and outdoor facilities.

    • Tailor-made programmes, linked to all parts of the National Curriculum and for all Key Stages, including Early Years.

    • Specialist programmes focused on science, geography, art, maths, English and team building.

    • A wide range of activities and topics on offer, including plants and animals, habitats, seasons, Art in the Garden, growth and adaptations.

    • No charge or restriction on the number of accompanying adults.

    • Free parking, use of equipment and free pre-visits.

    • Fully guided and self-guided visits available throughout the year.

    • Picnic lunches may be eaten in or near our education centre.

  • Benefits to schools

    • Primary and pre-primary sessions are driven by the needs of teachers, while actively engaging with students. Programmes are fully guided by our education service staff, providing fun, safe and educational visits. We encourage learning outdoors throughout the year.

    • Secondary schools and colleges make use of the gardens for science and geography, team building and work related learning. Art groups learn from and participate in the annual Art in the Garden exhibition.

    • Adults learn to use the outdoors as a teaching resource or for staff development days. The gardens have a full calendar of exciting workshops and events, including a variety of indoor art and photography exhibitions which are held throughout the year.

    • Holder of the Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge, illustrating our commitment to quality educational provision in a safely managed outdoor environment.

    • Strong community links provide learning opportunities for the whole family at weekends and during the holidays.

    • We are pre-approved on the Hampshire EVOLVE System.

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