Professional horticulturists and expertise relating to the conservation and management of historic designed landscapes is essential to ensuring those landscapes are sustainable in the long term. The Trust therefore seeks to promote horticulture in schools, promote greater awareness of the range of careers in the sector and support those working in historic designed landscapes. We do this in several ways.
The Trust has made a commitment to support Growing Devon Schools Partnership (GDSP) over a three year period from 2019. The aim of GDSP is to support teachers to develop and deliver outdoor learning related to the school curriculum that helps to inspire the next generation of gardeners, food growers and farmers. It does this through a programme of free training for teachers, teaching assistants and school volunteers. GDSP was established in 2013 and throughout 2019 delivered a series of training sessions for teachers, other school staff and volunteers. The training provides practical skills and ideas for use in school gardens, for growing food and enhancing wildlife friendly environments. More than fifty schools and eighty people were involved during 2019 and it has been estimated that the impact of GDSP training could reach up to 10,203 pupils across Devon. (Estimate based on the number of pupils enrolled in the schools that have engaged with GDSP activities.) GDSP runs Forum Days, Twilight sessions and is involved with other training events. The content of the events has included seed sowing and learning about seeds; making paper pots; pricking out and watering; propagating, growing and using herbs, including making tea bags and lavender bags; gardening for wildlife; harvesting and enterprise projects; seed saving, composting and harvest festivals – as well as creating inspiring school gardens and responding to participants questions and topics.
In addition, the Trust
- can support colleges, primary, secondary and special schools with advice and mentoring on horticulture
- offers grants for sustainable school projects designed to encourage students learning about growing and plants. To find out about project grants click here.
- offers grants for relevant study to individuals normally resident in Devon either intending to take up a career or already working in the historic designed landscape. For information on study grants click here
The Trust seeks where possible to promote the importance of education and careers in historic designed landscapes. Also, we seek to increase understanding of designed landscape heritage through life-long learning and continuing professional development. The Trust’s Events programme includes lectures, visits and study days, designed to explore the county's considerable legacy of historic gardens and open spaces.
GDSPAn external link to the Growing Devon Schools website. This will open in a new tab.
ProjectsA list of all our recent and old education projects
Conservation & PlanningOne of the roles of the Trust is to advise and support garden owners and Local Authorities on planning and other issues that affect our historic gardens.