Educational Opportunities at the Dorothy Clive Garden

We always welcome school parties to learn in our gardens. We have a designated education officer, who is a qualified teacher, who is happy to help you organise your day. We pride ourselves in being flexible and will do our best to help you match activities to your children’s learning objectives. We also have staff who are able to support your group activities.

We also welcome groups of home educated children who would welcome some educational input. Our education officer could help you plan a unit of work around the garden.

The gardens lend themselves to a variety of learning opportunities, here are a few ideas that we could support you with :-


Plants – identifying plants and trees, growing seeds, potting up seedlings, looking for signs of seasonal change, naming parts of a plant, pollination, seed dispersal, flowering plants, exotic plants in our glasshouse.

Animals – bug hunts, pond dipping, identifying insects, habitats we have bug hotels, woodland habitats, birds, making bird feeders.


Observational drawing of plants using pens and water colours, flowers, collage, trees through the seasons, landscape, sketching, waterfall sketches. We can link to the work of famous artists such as – Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris.


Poetry in the garden, around the waterfall and pond, woodland, haiku, hang a poem from a tree, trees, autumn colour, emerging spring.

Settings developing descriptive writing. Story writing.

Mathematics – Measuring tree girths, leaf sizes, following maps and directions.


Time for reflection, to experience silence and appreciation of nature. Caring for living things, develop a special place for prayer. Meditation and mindfulness.



School groups:-

£5 per child which includes :-

  • Meeting with the education officer to discuss your plans
  • The support of the education officer during your visit
  • Risk Assessments matched to your activities
  • The use of the Bryan Mayer pavilion and outside classroom for the duration of your visit.
  • Some materials e.g plant pots, seedlings, compost, pond dipping nets.

The school may need to provide specialist materials for art activities, clip boards and paper and pencils.

Additional services

  • We can provide an additional member of staff from the garden but there may be an additional charge for her services.
  • Our café can provide a picnic lunch and a drink.

If you would like to find out more about bringing your school to the Dorothy Clive Garden then contact our Education Officer Jane Hughes

Via email –

Or contact the office by telephone – 01630 647237

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